Lawmaker's campaign to crack down on foreign donations

Lawmaker's campaign to crack down on foreign donations
(Washington Examiner, 01/11)

“His new legislation, the Bipartisan Bill to End Foreign Donations Influencing U.S. Elections, aims to close the cash border. A dentist by trade, Gosar proposes to take his scraper to whatever foreign money is still coming through despite being the practice being illegal for donations over $200 since 1966. Gosar believes loose credit card regulations are to blame, and that the Federal Elections Commission should take that number all the way down to zero. […] ‘Anything under $200 is exempted from [the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971],’ Gosar told the Washington Examiner. ‘What this does is actually quantify their lower number all the way to zero in terms of credit card donations.’ […]  This election cycle, Gosar seems most concerned about Bernie Sanders.  Gosar cited the Independent Vermont senator as the bill's earliest and main opponent, and argued that perhaps Sanders' campaign finances should be looked into. Sanders has set a record for the most individual donations to a political campaign, with the mean donation coming in well under the $200 bar that would heighten a donation's scrutiny under existing law. Sanders' campaign has used this fact to highlight his grassroots appeal, implicitly rebuking Hillary Clinton and others for being beholden to wealthy interests.”

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Jeff Small