ABC News: How Donald Trump Could Woo Delegates With His 'Toys'
Could Trump's Trips Happen?
According to Larry Noble, who works for the Campaign Legal Center -- a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to the enforcement of campaign finance laws -- and previously served as the general counsel for the FEC, there's a chance that a version of the trips that Trump described could be legally allowed.
"The part about spending his own personal money to wine and dine the delegate, that may very well be legal under the federal election laws," Noble told ABC News.
If the trips and a stay at Mar-a-Lago were described as an opportunity to meet with the candidate without explicitly saying that it was in exchange for the delegate's vote, they could hypothetically happen without repercussion, according to Noble.
"If Trump wanted to take them on trips on his own, out of his own pocket and not out of the company or his campaign, he may be able to pay for the trips that he's talking about, but I underscore 'may,'" Noble said...
"When he says 'We want your vote, I'm going to take you on this trip if you vote for me' ... then he may be involved in vote buying," Noble said...
"As far as I know, we haven't had many situations where there have been that type of attempts to win delegates through taking them on expensive vacations, paying for them to stay at expensive resorts," Noble said.
He added: "We haven't seen a lot of that so it's ironic that he's complaining about it when he's the only one suggesting doing it."
Even if candidates did pay for such trips, they would be easy to hide from those in charge of regulating campaign finance spending, according to Noble. Individual delegates do not have to report gifts or money they receive from candidates, unless they are acting as a group or delegate committee.
"These rules are enforced by the Federal Election Commission, which means that they're probably not going to be enforced," Noble said. A spokeswoman for the FEC had no comment.