HuffPost: Russia Spent A Fortune Shilling For Trump – And May Not Have Broken Any Laws
When Russian leader Vladimir Putin meddled in key Rust Belt states to help Donald Trump become president, he also may have exposed an election law loophole big enough to drive busloads of Macedonian internet trolls through.
Brendan Fischer, with the Campaign Legal Center, said he supports a broader interpretation of a particular law that be believes makes sense in this instance. Paying a Macedonian teenager to write a fake blog post and then repost it under a number of fake identities, Fischer said, shows clear intent to influence the election. “I would call that an expenditure,” a term of art in campaign finance law prohibited for foreigners, he said.