UPDATE 12/13: Money laundering a few hundred dollars. It has been interesting to watch but proves the old saying “what a tangled web we weave when when we first practice to deceive.”
Following my earlier post on Friday an email went out saying the “pass the hat” was actually a collection for incidental expenses for the Christmas party. The email explained that the official made a mistake when he said it was for the candidate.
This drew the ire of an attendee who contributed to what she thought was a campaign contribution. She said, “I find it despicable that you passed the hat under the announced pretense of raising some extra change for ….”
Shortly after another email was issued stating that after discussing with the irate attendee the “committee will make a donation directly to “blank” campaign equal to the amount which was collected. This was generously given in small amounts …”
Have we dug this hole deep enough yet? The Virginia State Board of Elections on illegality of “pass the hat.” CLICK HERE and go to page 27.
12/10: Pass the hat campaign donations are illegal (Part I)A word of caution to candidates as they seek dollars to fund their campaigns. Political fundraisers and party get-togethers can tempt a candidate staffer to “pass the hat” to collect a few bucks for the candidate.
Virginia is a disclosure state. That means all contributor names, addresses and professions must be disclosed in campaign finance reports. This applies to expenditures as well as contributions.
The assumption is that citizens will flock to the Virginia State Board of Elections website or Virginia Public Access Project VPAP.org and look up who is giving to (expecting favors from) a candidate should they get elected.
A “pass the hat” donation is anonymous and that is a no-no in Virginia. Anonymous is not synonymous with disclosure.
At least for heaven’s sake don’t send out an e-mail to the world saying how successful the “pass the hat” was at the political gathering for your candidate. Elected officials should know better and so should campaign staff.
It makes you wonder how often this “pass the hat” campaign funding occurs. How will this be reported in January? If on the campaign finance report there is a contributor named “pass the hat” I’ll fall out of my chair laughing!
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Crime, Elections, Politics
Tags: crime, Elections, party_politics