Allegations of Superdelegate Influence

News comes this morning that superdelegates allegedly turned down a $1 million offer from a Clinton donor.

“This is not an FEC issue,” said Jan Baran, a Republican campaign finance attorney. “There are federal and state laws that bar ‘vote buying’ but I’m not sure they apply in this situation since this involves a convention delegate and not a voter in an election. In short, I don’t know whether this is illegal or just hardnosed political horse-trading.”

If the donor (Haim Saban) is an agent of the campaign, it would be an FEC issue because of the strong prohibitions on federal officeholders and federal candidates involvement with soft money; but there are no allegations of campaign knoweldge, awareness, or involvement whatsoever.

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