Can Corzine pay for the Florida and Michigan elections?

I am not sure that Corzine can legally contribute a large amount of money to redo these votes. I believe that since it is a federal election it comes under the McCain-Feingold regulations:

NBC News has learned that New Jersey's Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is willing to raise money to pay for a "redo" of both the Florida and Michigan primaries.

Both states violated Democratic Party rules by holding early primaries and have been penalized with the loss of their delegate votes during the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August.

Apparently because both states voted for Hillary Clinton, Corzine, along with neighboring Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell -- both strong Clinton supporters -- have agreed to make the offer to help foot the bill for a redo of the primaries. . . .

Corzine, a retired Goldman Sachs chairman, would likely contribute some of his own fortune to a redo of the primaries, since he spent well over $100 million in personal funds in successful bids for the U.S. Senate in 2000, and for Governor in 2005.

Thanks to Gus Cotey for sending me this link. I had listened to Meet the Press yesterday and heard Rendell making this claim.



Blogger Indigo Red said...

Primaries and caucuses are not federal elections. They are private party elections similar to those held by the Elks, Lions, and Kiwanis clubs. The Republican and Democrat Parties, as well as all the third parties, are private organizations, not governmental. No political party is recognized under the Constitution and only the General Election is Constitutionally mandated.

A do-over in Florida privatly financed is perfectly legal - George Soros can pay fr the whole hing if he wants. Candidates do not receive Federal funds in the pre-General Elections. They do earn the ability to choose to accept Federal election monies to use in the General. If they do choose Federal matching funds, they must comply with onerous regulations seriously hampering the possibilty that any average Joe Citizen will even try to run for the presidency.

3/11/2008 1:43 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Sorry, but you are wrong. Presidential primaries are elections for federal office and thus covered by federal regulations. Are you telling me that the Federal government can't regulate the size of donations to candidates for presidential primaries? Of course the federal government can and it does so. It is not up to the parties to decide how much you can donate to their candidates. While I would actually be very happy if Ed Rendell and Corzine were correct, they actually have no clue what they are talking about in this case.

3/11/2008 4:07 AM  

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