Federal Politics

Published — January 6, 2009 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Drawing parallels between Richardson and Blagojevich

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The plight of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is drawing comparisons to embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Richardson, as you may have heard this week, withdrew as nominee for Commerce secretary because of “pay to play” allegations. And Blagojevich, as you no doubt gathered, allegedly tried to sell Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. But there’s another similarity between the two: Neither of their states puts any restrictions on the campaign contributions that would have been the quid in the suspected quid pro quos.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Illinois and New Mexico are two of only five states that impose no limits on the size of contributions to candidates, parties, or political action committees. In Richardson’s case, one of the donations drawing scrutiny — $10,000 to his reelection campaign — was several times the limit allowed in most other states. (On the other hand, the same donor gave $100,000 to two Richardson-founded PACs, contributions that a majority of the states do not place a cap on.)

In 2004 the Center for Public Integrity reported that one of Richardson’s PACs, Moving America Forward, occasionally listed the same mailing address as a 501(c)(3) educational charity called the Moving America Forward Foundation. Both organizations apparently focused on registering Native Americans and Hispanics to vote. In addition, the PAC paid for such expenses as training political organizers and even for a presidential candidate debate during the 2004 primary season. The charity would have been prohibited from engaging in partisan election activities.

What’s the solution to the lack of integrity? Election reform activists argue that contribution caps can limit both the opportunities for actual corruption and the perception of potential corruption. As for crass under-the-table wheeling and dealing, that’s likely to be with us as long as we have politics.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.