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November 15, 2008

Today Al Sharpton, tomorrow Sarah Palin?

Rev. Al Sharpton is in trouble with the Federal Elections Commission:

After an audit by the Federal Election Commission, Al Sharpton is being forced to pay back almost $500,000 for what they have deemed illegal campaign contributions during his 2004 run for president. The FEC is nailing Sharpton for not delineating between donations for his campaign and money coming in for his National Action Network. The report says that "virtually no effort was made" to show which funds were for which.

We still don't have a straight answer about who bought Sarah Palin's >$150,000 wardrobe and all that swanky undwear for the First Dude. Was it the McCain campaign, the RNC, Norm Coleman's bud Nasser Kazeminy? I hope Sarah Palin's campaign spending gets as much scrutiny from the FEC as Al Sharpton's has.

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We learned about the $150,000 because the RNC put it in their expense report. So the RNC paid at least $150,000.

But according to Newsweek "One aide estimated that she spent 'tens of thousands' more than the reported $150,000."

It's unclear if that additional clothes spending was RNC spending, McCain campaign spending, or what.

There is also the mystery of whose personal credit card was ORIGINALLY used to buy Sarh Palin's clothes.

In a video next to that Newsweek article, Katie Connolly says that someone's personal credit card was used to buy the clothing.

"The idea was that they might spend around 20 or 30 thousand dollars just making these candidates look good...A wealthy donor had allowed Sarah Palin and her staff to use his credit card to buy clothes, and was shocked-was absolutely shocked-when he got the bill, that was hundreds-of-thousands of dollars."

Is it legal for a man to give his personal credit card to a federal candidate to buy tens-of-thousands in clothes?

We still don't have a straight answer about who bought Sarah Palin's >$150,000 wardrobe and all that swanky undwear for the First Dude. Was it the McCain campaign, the RNC, Norm Coleman's bud Nasser Kazeminy? I hope Sarah Palin's campaign spending gets as much scrutiny from the FEC as Al Sharpton's has.

The story says the illegal Sharpton contributions were from 2004. Will you really be satisified if it takes 4 years to trap the Palin money?

Yes...Palin next.

Any such investigations are subject to inevitable accusations that they are politically motivated. I'm sure this is part of the reason Sharpton hasn't been flagged for this sooner. Republicans may have sought to avoid unnecessarily riling Sharpton's base -- which is to a certain extent national -- before the 2008 elections. Almost two weeks later the Bush Administration, which has done every possible fucking thing to make the Republican-controlled FEC toothless, is running out of time to exact political payback.

For his part, Sharpton was beyond stupid. Having served as treasurer for an admittedly smaller campaign, I can tell you that nothing is more crystal clear than the requirement to disclose exactly where campaign contributions came from and specifically how they are spent. The reporting process itself is disturbingly and unnecessarily confusing. But election commission officials will give you tons of help and almost every opportunity to get your report right.

The "virtually no effort was made" comment speaks volumes. Sharpton cannot be unfamiliar with basic campaign contribution law. He previously ran for US Senate three times and Mayor of New York at least once.

-AF
Andrew Sullivan Is A Fraud

Well... frankly Palin has troopergate on her tail already.. the 150K clothes spending thing.. come on that's been hyped up to unimaginable heights.. I'm pro obama, and I'm not using this as criticism but how much do you reckon his family's wardrobe cost? i speculate a similar price. the 150K was not Palin's decision. She's an idiot, don't get me wrong now! just check out http://www.spinwhip.com/palin for confirmation of that!

Hey, if Sharpton broke the law, he will pay the price. But then civil disobedience has always been his thing.

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