According to some reports, the FBI raided the office and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s attorney looking for documents related to payments to Stormy Daniels. Well if they’re looking for campaign finance violations, perhaps they’re looking in the wrong place. Will they be executing a ‘no knock’ warrant at Rosie O’Donnell’s house any time soon?
From NY Post:
Rosie O’Donnell made illegally over-sized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, according to a Post analysis of campaign filings.
The liberal comedian has regularly broken Federal Election Commission rules limiting the total any one person can give to an individual candidate at $2,700 per election. The limit applies separately to primaries, runoffs and general elections.
O’Donnell claimed it was “nothing nefarious” and she didn’t mean to over-donate. Her excuse? She claims she thought that if she donates too much, they’re supposed to give it back.
“If 2700 is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money,” she wrote. “I don’t look to see who I can donate most to … I just donate assuming they do not accept what is over the limit.”
O’Donnell said she donates often, and uses the online liberal fundraising platform ActBlue. “My anxiety is quelled by donating to those opposing trump [and] his agenda — especially at night — when most of these were placed.”
But the filings show that O’Donnell donated using five different New York addresses and four different variations of her name. Sounds a lot like someone trying to hide her donations and beat the system.
Among the people that O’Donnell gave $5400 in illegal contributions to were Doug Jones and Conor Lamb.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones disclosed $4,700 from O’Donnell in his special general election bid last year against former GOP judge and accused child molester Roy Moore, his campaign filings show. Jones’ office didn’t return messages seeking comment.
Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb reported $3,600 from O’Donnell for the special general election he won in a March upset, his filings show. He’s now running for a full two-year term in a different congressional district in November, and O’Donnell put up another $1,000 for that bid.
She also gave $2950 to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), $4200 to Lau
Lamb’s campaign manager said they will notify O’Donnell of her error and inform her that the extra $900 can be refunded or put toward the primary.
Filings show O’Donnell gave contributions over the limit to five candidates, used five different New York addresses and four variations of her name.
She gave more than $90,000 the 2017-2018 election cycle to 50 different federal candidates and committees, filings show.
Is she going to face any trouble for violating the law?
“Donors are rarely fined for excess contributions and then only if they are hiding the donations from the recipients,” prominent D.C. campaign finance lawyer Jan Witold Baran said. “Campaigns generally are not penalized for isolated contributions over a limit. However, multiple excessive donations may lead to an investigation … Fines could result in such cases.”
O’Donnell is also a prolific local political donor, putting up at least $25,100 for city and state candidates since 2000, New York filings show. Last year she gave a maxed-out $4,950 donation to Mayor de Blasio. In 2006 O’Donnell even gave $1,000 to former Westchester County DA and then Republican state attorney general candidate Jeanine Pirro, now a Fox News host and loyal Trump defender.
“I also maxed out to cynthia nixon,” O’Donnell told the Post. “And I loathe Jeannine Pirro.”
So what are the chances that they will hold O’Donnell to account?