The Washington Post: Hillary Clinton campaign fundraisers: Cash bar only?
But Paul Ryan, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center, sees potential for abuse if campaigns find other ways to offload expenses to donors. “I may be paranoid, but the campaign is clearly trying to minimize fundraising costs by offloading food and valet to contributors,” he said. “Then I’m wondering whether a corporation could pay for that food without making an in-kind contribution. Could they encourage employees to attend an event and say, ‘we’ll pay (for your meal)’ ?” He went further, pondering whether a restaurant could coincidentally be having a Tony Bennett concert at their establishment the same night as a political event. It would attract donors, but should the restaurant featuring the celebrity count as an in-kind contribution to the campaign? To read the full story at The Washington Post, click here.