Friday, July 08, 2005
Legal question related to Noe investigation
We are hoping that someone who is a lawyer or knows federal law fairly well can help us out here with two questions:
- Is there a dollar-amount triggering level that turns a campaign contribution violation into a felony, and, if so, what is the level? In other words, does a prosecutor have to prove that the violations totaled, say, $35,000 to have a felony indictment?
- Assuming there is a level that must be reached for a felony, what happens if the contributions involve co-mingled funds? So, for example, if the Noes' donations were made from a shared account, is the amount split between the two? Does a $2,000 donation that was laundered through another donor only count as $1,000 for the purposes of reaching the level that makes it a felony?