Analyst Aaronson: 'Convoluted' Campaign Laws Hard to Obey

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 09:03 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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Whether or not Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker broke the law with his political fundraising tactics, it has become increasingly difficult for any campaign to be certain it's playing by the rules, lawyer Dan Aaronson told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"The laws are so convoluted, they are so mixed up, they are so 'catch us if you can' — because you never know when you're stepping over the boundaries — that whether Scott Walker did something wrong or not, I can't tell you," Aaronson, chairman emeritus of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"What I can tell you, though, it is difficult treading that line," said Aaronson.

Although he has not been charged with anything, Walker is accused in court documents of colluding with conservative groups to illegally coordinate fundraising for his re-election campaign. He has called the accusations "slander."

Aaronson said that while the prosecutor in Wisconsin should be permitted to pursue a case, the maze of campaign finance law could make finding or proving violations tough.

"There's supposed to be a division between the campaign and the PACs. There's supposed to be a division between the person running for office and the party itself," said Aaronson.

At the same time, he said, "You have high-money people who are putting [funds] into the PACs, the Super PACs . . . [and] the campaigns. You have people who are working for an elected official during the day and at night are working for a campaign. Or working for a Super-PAC."

"And supposedly, they're . . . able to divvy up when they're working for one and not the other, and not cross lines. It's a physical impossibility, quite candidly. It's probably a moral impossibly, and it's appearing to be a legal impossibility from where I stand," said Aaronson.

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