Bloomberg: Yes, Donald Trump Can Give All the Helicopter Rides He Wants
For one thing, the people who got the free rides were too young to vote, so there were no votes to buy, says Paul Seamus Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center. For another, Trump did not ask for anything in return for the rides.
"My understanding is that Trump in no way conditioned the helicopter rides on voting for him, or even voting at all, so the helicopter rides don't even come close to the illegal-vote-buying line," Ryan said. "Even if they were offered to people of voting age, the rides don't constitute vote buying in my view. At the very least, the gift at issue needs to be connected to the actual act of voting or refraining from voting."
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