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The FEC raised contribution limits for the 2020 election cycle to $2,800 for each election period. The primary and general election each counts separately, so for both of those elections the maximum individual contribution someone can give to a single candidate adds up to $5,600. See also this announcement from OpenSecrets.org.


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The "raid", which is the execution of a search warrant, is under the jurisdiction of the US Attorney's Office of the Southern District of New York, not that of the Mueller investigation. Mueller presumably referred whatever prompted the warrant to Rosenstein (deputy US Attorney General and his direct supervisor) specifically because it doesn't necessarily ...


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The question is complex and poses potentially a multitude of possible subquestions because there are an infinite number of possible deals that Democrats could try to make. But, in the case of campaign finance, in particular, one of the biggest issues is that the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) dramatically limited ...


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The current POTUS is not exactly known for being a man of his word. That means Democrats cannot give Trump the Wall in exchange for a promise. They need a finalized bill, which takes a lot of time, and needs to be approved by both (majority Democrat) House and (majority Republican) Senate, which takes a lot of time and non-trivial negotiations. Things get ...


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This has a long tradition in the US. Before World War II, most ambassadors were actually political appointees rather than career diplomats. Trump might be marginally worse than Obama and reverted back to a level of political appointment last seen under FDR but everybody is doing it. Consequently, using this as a charge would promptly backfire for Democrats.


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While one can imagine an ideal world in which the political landscape is dominated by a "pull" paradigm (voters actively go out to find the information on the candidates), in the real world it's dominated by the "push" paradigm (voters passively receive information given to them). If you're asking why we can't have the first instead of the second, well, that'...


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As someone who lives in a border state, I'd like to add that the idea of a complete border wall costing only 5 billion is, frankly, ludicrous. The wall would have to pass over very rugged terrain, including mountain ranges, and solve some fairly unique engineering problems. We'd have to build miles of roads just to get building supplies to those remote areas,...


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Under US law, only US citizens or permanent residents may contribute to political campaigns. Since you are neither, you may not contribute to a US political campaign and no campaign may accept your contributions. Also what are the penalties for making a false declaration (I'm curious to know the law and reasoning behind this). If you specifically falsely ...


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In a small electorate, personal relationships are more important than media spending; and voters are likely to resent attempts at outside interference. An extreme example occurred in the 2008 general election on the island of Sark in the English Channel. Sark had a total electorate of only 474 people and elects a parliament of 28 members. The Barclay ...


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What are the major political barriers to a deal like this happening? All of the other answers have considered the question from The Democratic Party’s perspective. There is of course another major political barrier—and that’s that, in order to pass (at least, in the Senate), any such deal must have (at least some) support from The Republican Party. A ...


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The practice of giving ambassadorships purely in exchange for (large) campaign contributions was seen as somewhat problematic even in the US, which passed a law in 1980 attempting to mitigate this. But that law was apparently very easy to circumvent, with the practice of large donors becoming ambassadors exacerbated (again) under G. W. Bush and Trump. (Do ...


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"Rosenstein gave him broad authority not only to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated" with Trump's campaign, but also to examine "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." [emphasis mine] No, there is no limit that requires Mueller to ignore evidence of other crimes....


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What prevents rich foreign interests from funneling tens of millions of Euros to Icelandic elections in order to elect people who are conducive to their interests? Because money doesn't win elections. Votes (sometimes in the right places) do. In 2016, Hillary Clinton outspent Donald Trump by more than two to one. And lost. In 2014, Eric Cantor ...


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Because that's the legal limit. You can give $2,800 per election, so $5,600 would be a combined primary/general limit. https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/candidate-taking-receipts/contribution-limits/


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That's really irrelevant, since Mueller did not order the raids or get the warrants. What happens, and often happens is that, while investigating crimes, investigators sometimes find evidence of other crimes. They can: Pretend that the crimes never happened, which might be a crime, in and of itself. They can expand their investigation and go after the ...


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If you looking in the USA, the source of data would ultimately come from legally required campaign finance and financial disclosures filed with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission). FEC: Campaign Finance Data FEC: Campaign Finance Disclosure Search However, things get murkier with assorted PACS, "dark money" and third party "independent" expenditures. ...


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By strict interpretations of this rule, you end up as an effective one-party state very quickly. What counts as "campaigning" is the big question. Firstly, a lot of places have ballot signature requirements - you have to get N people to sign a piece of paper in order to be a candidate. Does that count as "campaigning"? If so, then suddenly you can't have ...


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For what it's worth, Yang's [team] said “It’s something that has not been done before, so we relied heavily on our legal team, and we feel confident moving forward after talking to them about it,” says the aide to Yang’s campaign. “Our legal team has walked through all FEC compliance issues and given us the go [ahead].” Asked about the possible criticism of ...


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The donations you cite are made to the DNC, not to a Bernie SuperPac. He doesn't have one. They are for the purpose of obtaining special favors from the DNC: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Congressional_Campaign_Committee Part of Sanders' agenda is to break this cycle of indebtedness so his historic donations are from people, not corporations. ...


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While I don't have the "standard" answer that fits all libertarians, I must note that "full disclosure or full privacy" are not the ONLY two choices. First off, let's examine WHY one would want full transparency or full privacy: Transparency benefit is obvious. Proponents of campaign finance (unrestricted) argue that the donations in and out of ...


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So first off, the NRA is a non-profit organization that is funded largely through donations from people who agree with them. A quick read from google has found that it is fine for foreign nationals to donate to U.S. Charities, but such donations may not be tax deductible depending on a load of factors on the donor's side (usually). This happens all the ...


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Is buying merchandise also included in the scope If the money goes to the campaign, yes. Presumably they are putting the notice there because the money is going to the campaign. E.g. Kamala Harris' campaign sells t-shirts and uses the proceeds to support the campaign. I'm not sure what happens if you, as a foreign national, exhibit merchandise ...


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As a libertarian, I would argue that no one has the right to coerce either the donor or the politician to disclose their donations. They are not coercing anyone, so, by the NAP, they are fully within their right to go about their business unbothered. To a principled libertarian, the above is all that matters. A libertarian focuses on rights, which are ...


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Why can't we simply disallow campaigning altogether? From the First Amendment of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech...


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The USA has a long history of doling out top Federal government jobs to political supporters, going back to Andrew Jackson (a very Trump-like figure, I might add). It is a common and accepted part of the system, which has been regularized by limiting it to the top jobs at embassies and government departments, and creating a non-partisan professional civil ...


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According to the FEC the Sander 2016 campaign raised 237.7 million and disbursed 233.0 million, leaving 4.7 million cash on hand as of Dec 2018. I can't imagine that he gave it to the DNC, as Sanders is not a Democrat. According to Investopedia funds remaining at the conclusion of a campaign are: Permissible Uses The contributions can be used in ...


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Probably having laws and a civic philosophy in place that does not encourage or legalize graft and bribery. We see that many small countries struggle with it, but the ones that don't have rules and laws in place, and probably a great degree of transparency to the citizens, as well. The problem with trying to get an American brain around that concept is ...


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Probably First, even if he wasn't campaigning in Rome, he was campaigning where he was before and after the trip. So he could argue that the travel was campaign related from that alone. Second, he may well have received a campaign benefit from going to the Vatican. It certainly got him a lot of "free" media before, during, and after the trip. Third, ...


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Ambassadors are different from a lot of other appointments, in many cases they serve as a representative of the state rather than of the government; their role is largely ceremonial. In the US having a particular posting being a purely political appointment (rather than a professional from the USDOS), is actually pretty common, though Trump has cranked up ...


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