Fact-Check Fact-Checkers: John McCain’s Illegal Request For Campaign Cash From Russian Ambassador A Violation Of Campaign Laws

Liberal John McCain forward a letter requesting a financial contribution from Russia in October 2008, requesting financial contribution to his Presidential campaign. In response to McCain’s request, Russian officials, or the Russian Government do not finance political activity in foreign countries. Senator McCain fundraising appeal to Russian Ambassador has unpolitical, undiplomatic, unethical and historical significance.

Federal candidates are allowed to accept campaign donations from American citizens as long as there is no explicit quid pro quo (a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something). When it comes to foreign governments it’s a different story entirely.

Federal election law prevents all political and congressional candidates or members from knowingly soliciting, accepting or receiving donations from foreign nationals or foreign entities under any circumstances. A candidate needs to have direct knowledge that the source is from a foreign government or any of its employees which is in violation of the law.

The law requires for the candidate to be aware of facts that would lead a congressional member to inquire whether the source of the funds solicited, accepted or received is from a foreign national or government. McCain failed to conduct a reasonable inquiry.

The federal government’s campaign finance law Code of Federal Regulations “Prohibition on contributions, donations, expenditures, independent expenditures, and disbursements by foreign nationals” imposes severe disclosure requirements for anyone seeking donations from foreign powers, as a result, they must identify specifically which foreign government or officials they met with, why, when and whom they either give or receive money.

WikiLeaks has exposed the senator even after McCain along with the corrupt Hillary Clinton campaigned, criticized and blamed the 2016 presidential election on Russian hacking. No one in mainstream media seems to be raising questions mainly because McCain is looked at as an American “War Hero” who actually sold his country and fellow army buddies out for his own safety.  The Trump administration, the Attorney General and the Department of Justice (DOJ) must look into these campaign finance law violation.


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