Basically Romney took a huge donation from a Texas millionaire and funneled it into the Perry campaign in order to obfuscate where the huge sum of money was coming from. This is the equivalent of money laundering in campaign finance.
While such obnoxious behavior is totally expected by criminals responsible for looting the public at gun point through the IRS, it does highlight just how close Romney and Perry are to each other. Any differences these clowns claim to have while on the campaign trail means nothing. They are pure establishment candidates who work for the same crony capitalist interests.
Hopefully Ron Paul can exploit this scandal to his advantage and take down both of the criminal front runners at the same time.
The Daily Beast reports:
It might be hard to imagine after last week’s GOP presidential slugfest, but there was a time not too long ago when a group [the Republican Governors Association] headed by Mitt Romney quietly—and a judge says illegally—helped Rick Perry’s political career in Texas and set the stage for his new nemesis to rise on the national stage.
“No one in Texas, or anywhere else for that matter, could find out who was underwriting the RGA’s contributions to the Perry campaign prior to the election,” Bell’s lawsuit alleged. “This is a direct violation of Texas law.”
The lawyer for Bell says there was ample evidence that the transactions between RGA and the Perry campaign also would have violated campaign money-laundering laws, but his client chose instead to pursue a violation of campaign-disclosure laws in civil court, where the defendants would face the possibility of stiffer penalties than the maximum criminal charge of a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
“Had we chose to bring the money-laundering [charge], or what we call giving money in the name of another—where you disguise the donation by running it through a PAC [such as the RGA]—we could have brought that. But we didn’t really need it,” attorney Buck Wood says.
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