An undercover video released Tuesday by Project Veritas Action showed senior members of Hillary Clinton's campaign staff accepting a campaign donation from a Canadian woman
through a Veritas staffer in violation of federal campaign laws.
In the five-minute video, the Canadian sought to donate $75 in cash to the Clinton campaign at the former first lady's April 12 kickoff in New York City. In exchange, the woman would have received memorabilia bearing Clinton's name.
However, Erin Tibe, Clinton's compliance manager, said the campaign could not accept money from foreign residents.
The Canadian then asked if she could give the money to another woman, who was an undercover Veritas staffer, who then would make the contribution.
"She could make a donation," said Molly Barker, the campaign's marketing director.
"So Canadians can't buy them, but Americans can buy it for them?" the woman asked.
"Not technically," Barker responded. "You would be just making the donation."
"The law is very clear," Project Veritas President James O'Keefe said in the video. "Foreign nationals cannot contribute to presidential campaigns."
The Clinton campaign slammed Veritas for the video.
"Our staffers understand and follow the law, as demonstrated even in their selectively edited video," Jesse Ferguson, a campaign spokesman, told The New York Times
. "Project Veritas, on the other hand, has been caught trying to commit fraud, falsify identities and break campaign finance law — not surprising, given that their founder has already been convicted for efforts like this."
O'Keefe was fined in 2010 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his posing as a repairman to gain access to the office of former Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, the Times reports.
Two years ago, he paid $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former member of the Acorn activist group after he posed as a pimp during an undercover Veritas investigation.
The Federal Election Commission would not comment on this specific case, the Times reports, but said that at least four commissioners would have to agree that a violation occurred before penalties could be assessed.
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