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Now is perhaps as good a moment as any to brush up on the concept of “in-kind contributions.” Under federal law, these are amounts paid to influence an election that don’t go through campaign's bank account. The key word here is "contributions." That's what they are. /1
Let's take a keg of beer at a campaign event. If the campaign paid for it, it has to be reported as an expense. /2
But if someone who's not the candidate brought it, that’s an in-kind contribution. It doesn’t matter that the campaign never saw the cash. The beer purchase has to be reported by the campaign as a contribution, and then as an expense. /3
That in-kind contribution counts against that individual's $2,700 federal contribution limit. /4
If the campaign doesn't know anything about the in-kind contribution, then it isn't responsible for reporting it. And we don't make contributors report. But the contributor still has to keep track of the amount to avoid going over $2,700. /5
Now, what if the candidate rolled up to the party with the keg herself? Paid for out of her own pocket? No problem. She can do that, and she's not limited to the $2,700 contribution ceiling. /6
But – and this is key – the candidate's keg purchase is *still* an in-kind contribution, and it *still* has to be reported by the campaign as a contribution, and then as an expense. /7
And that is the critically important little #campaignfinance law nuance that some peeps on TV seem to be missing.
@alt_FEC out. /8/F

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Setting everything else aside for another moment, #Kavanaugh's testimony is a virtually perfect illustration of how ugly it looks to ignore your white privilege.

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The Democratic Party is considering de-emphasizing or eliminating #superdelegates, which are heavily criticized for being small-d undemocratic, which they absolutely are. But please consider this defense of this essential protection against populist demagogues. /1
Lots of things have changed since the Founders founded, but their deep-seated fear of the damage a populist demagogue could do to a democracy remains absolutely valid. Hamilton's Federalist Papers are riddled with warnings from top to bottom. /2
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1/ Ignore the salacious details for just a moment. An agent of a federal candidate is reported to have transferred $130k three weeks before an election to kill a story that would hurt the candidate. This gets @alt_fec's attention.…
2/ Here's 52 USC §30101(8)(A): "The term 'contribution' includes— (i) any gift, subscription, loan, advance, or deposit of money or anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office..."
3/ And on the flip side: 52 USC §30101(9)(A): "The term 'expenditure' includes— (i) any purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value, made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office..."
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