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Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:33

Why Democrats shouldn't have to return or give away Harvey Weinstein's campaign contributions

Written by  Quin Hillyer

Politicians should be under no obligation to return campaign donations from serial-harassing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Particularly, it is logically incoherent for conservatives who support the Citizens United v. FEC campaign finance regime to call for the return of Weinstein's money, or indeed for the return of donations from just about anyone subsequently revealed to be unsavory.

Unless there is some connection between the donor's behavior and that of the politician, or reason to think the politician knew at the time he accepted the donation that the donor was unusually degenerate, then the politician is not morally compromised by the cash.

If politicians are to be held accountable for the behavior of all their donors, where is the line to be drawn between "acceptable" and "unacceptable" contributions? Is the cash okay if it comes from a donor who regularly finds ways to stiff contractors and get away with it, but not alright if it comes from a guy caught failing to report all his income to the IRS?

Is a serial adulterer still an admissible contributor, but not a serial-but-legal phone "sexter"? And how is the politician supposed to know, anyway? Should he have a private eye on staff to ensure the moral fitness of everyone who financially supports his campaign?

Read more at The Washington Examiner

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