October 23, 2007 Leave a comment
The Post has an interesting story about the latest way to get around the $2300 limit in campaign contributions– have your kids give.
Elrick Williams's toddler niece Carlyn may be one of the youngest
contributors to this year's presidential campaign. The 2-year-old gave
$2,300 to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
So did her sister and brother, Imara, 13, and Ishmael, 9, and her
cousins Chan and Alexis, both 13. Altogether, according to newly
released campaign finance reports, the extended family of Williams, a
wealthy Chicago financier, handed over nearly a dozen checks in March for the maximum allowed under federal law to Obama.
Such campaign donations from young children would almost certainly run
afoul of campaign finance regulations, several campaign lawyers said.
But as bundlers seek to raise higher and higher sums for presidential
contenders this year, the number who are turning to checks from
underage givers appears to be on the rise.
“It's not difficult for a banker or a trial lawyer or a hedge fund
manager to come up with $2,300, and they're often left wanting to do
more,” said Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive
Politics. “That's when they look across the dinner table at their
children and see an opportunity.”…
Although campaign finance laws set a limit of $2,300 per donor per
year, they do not explicitly bar donors based on age. And young donors
abound in the fundraising reports filed by presidential contenders this
A supporter of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R), Susan Henken of Dover, Mass.,
wrote her own $2,300 check, and her 13-year-old son, Samuel, and
15-year-old daughter, Julia, each wrote $2,300 checks, for example.
Samuel used money from his bar mitzvah and money he earned “dog
sitting,” and Julia used babysitting money to make the contributions,
their mother said. “My children like to donate to a lot of causes.
That's just how it is in my house,” Henken said.
Well, since the Greene family is not about to max out at $4600 (the limit for the two adults among us), I think Evan's career of political contributions will have to wait. He sure is cute though, isn't he?