… I think I must link to this post about what seems to be a political prosecution of former Senator John Edwards. Based on what is there, I have to agree with Maguire that it’s about punishing Edwards, not law.
The idea of wealthy donors supporting the lifestyle - but not the campaign! - of their favored candidate feels like it ought to be illegal. One is left wondering whether the benefactor is buying favors or simply access, and whether a bribery charge might be possible. Still, “feels illegal” is not the standard that we like to see applied. I am not nor do I ever intend to be an expert on campaign finance law but the DoJ needs to bring real cases, not politically expedient ones. [emphasis added]
Maybe the Department of Justice could look at credit card fraud in the Obama Campaign which is both more illegal and relevant.