May 18, 2010

Melanie Sloan on Sue Lowden’s campaign bus: “It’s an excessive campaign contribution”

By CREW Staff

Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden is enmeshed in a controversy over a "luxury campaign bus." The question is whether Lowden got the bus as a campaign contribution -- and whether that violates federal law. As you'll see below, CREW's Melanie Sloan thinks so.

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Sue Lowden, a leading Republican contender to challenge Sen. Harry Reid, is being accused by a chief competitor of breaking campaign finance law for accepting a luxury campaign bus as a campaign contribution.

A campaign contributor is “leasing” to Lowden the RV she is using as her campaign bus, according to her campaign. But Lowden’s name is on the title along with the name of the supporter, Carl Giudici, seemingly indicating they co-own the bus.

Campaign finance rules allow in-kind contributions of $2,400 — equal to the cash limit. The contribution of a luxury RV, which commonly costs more than $100,000, would be a violation of the law.

Now, for CREW's take:

Melanie Sloan, a former prosecutor and now executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, took a dim view of the transaction. She said a bus donation would be a clear campaign finance violation.

“He gave it to her. She owns it. She’s on the title, and it’s in her custody and control. It’s an excessive campaign contribution,” she said.


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