Elton John's $1million fundraising concert for Clinton 'may break U.S. election rules'
By DAVID GARDNER - Last updated at 09:12am on 28th March 2008
Sir Elton John was at the centre of a new controversy in the American presidential race last night after claims that his $1million fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton may be illegal.
U.S. election laws ban foreigners from donating or raising cash for candidates.
Sir Elton's April 9 concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall is almost sold out, with only tickets costing £500 and £1,150 remaining.
Illegal concert? Elton John's fundraiser for Clinton could break election rules
The 1966 legislation was introduced to "minimise foreign intervention" in American elections. Penalties for infringements include fines and prison sentences.
A spokesman for the Federal Elections Committee did not rule out the possibility that the concert could contravene the act if it is ruled that Sir Elton is contributing indirectly to the Clinton campaign.
The Washington Times said the law "prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly."
But there is an exemption, according to the Washington Times, as long as the foreign national isn't compensated. Sir Elton is not believed to be being paid for the fund-raiser.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign pointed out that Sir Elton is volunteering his time by appearing at the concert.
A complaint would have to be filed with the U.S. Federal Election Committee for any action to be taken. No complaint has yet been filed.
Friday, March 28, 2008
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