Like the FBI’s refusal to charge Hillary Clinton with violating federal law, the Federal Election Commission has decided not punish Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for violating election laws – all because it isn’t worth the money. At issue was a fundraising memo Reid’s team did for 2014 Nevada lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Lucy Flores, who lost in a landslide.
The most powerful politician in the state delivered only 62 donations to Flores. And that lack of effectiveness is the reason for no FEC action. The agency voted 4-0 against pursuing action after FEC lawyers wrote a four-page memo that said Reid’s fundraising committee admitted to failing to comply with an election law requirement, but that it wasn’t worth the time or money to prosecute.
In the fundraising email, Reid didn’t include the required disclaimer that only federally compliant donations could be made.
“The Reid Committee admits that the email, which was meant to facilitate low dollar contributions, did not inform recipients that Reid was soliciting only federally compliant funds,” said the FEC memo.
“It appears that the original solicitation, which did not inform recipients that Reid was only asking for contributions that complied with the Act, violated 52 U.S.C. § 30125(e)(1)(B).” the memo continues. “However, the contributions resulting from Reid’s solicitation email appear to have been modest, and the Reid Committee attempted to remedy the violation by sending a follow-up email explaining that all contributions had to comply with the Act’s limitations and source prohibitions. Thus, in furtherance of the Commission’s priorities, relative to other matters pending on the Enforcement docket, and in light of the corrective actions taken by the Reid Committee and the modest amount in violation, the Office of General Counsel believes that the Commission should exercise its prosecutorial discretion and dismiss the violations as to Reid and his committee.”
We are a doomed nation when the rule of law can so easily be swept aside.