The Washington Post: One of the ring leaders works in your bank!’: Is this congressman’s fundraising letter a threat?
Two nonpartisan ethics experts told The Fix that the letter was a clear attempt at intimidation that crosses ethical lines and potentially even legal ones. “Certainly it comes across as a pretty blatant attempt at intimidation,” said Meredith McGehee with the Campaign Legal Center. “We already know that many businesses feel like if they don't contribute to a campaign, something bad will happen. I've heard businessmen go as far as to call it a 'protection racket.' … But this takes it to a whole different level.”