You Can’t Make This Up
May 13, 2016
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In the news today is the creation of Committee for American Sovereignty. It’s a SuperPAC that will support Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency. You know the thing Trump insisted he wouldn’t need. He has consistently said that he would need a PAC or a SuperPAC or donations or really much of anything at all. All he needs is all of the free media he has been getting from day one as he acts more outrageous with each week that goes by.
Or maybe not. Now that he has actually made it to the big dance, maybe he’ll need a little help.
To the rescue comes the aforementioned Committee for American Sovereignty, formed in California by a bunch of unknown rich people and Republican types. Their stated goal — to raise $20 million by July. They’re rich. I’m sure they’ll hit their goal.
What’s hilarious about this is that the chairman of this SuperPac …
Wait a sec, I need to cover this. The name of the SuperPac. It just seems so odd to me but that oddness is what defines the problem in this country today. The name suggests that the founders of the committee believe that American sovereignty is under attack. That idea is laughable.
… so back to what’s hilarious. The chairman of the organization is Tony Strickland, a former State Senator who ran unsuccessfully for State Controller in 2010. Apparently, during his run for Controller, he conspired with a few individuals to launder contributions to his campaign through another political organization. He also is alleged to have filed false reports to assist in the cover up of what he was doing. That’s illegal and the California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is recommending he be fined $80,000. In their determination, this kind of violation is one of the most serious possible under California’s Political Reform Act, which governs things like this. While $80,000 is far from the highest fine the Commission has levied, it is a pretty hefty fine for what the Commission usually does.
And this is the man who will chair the Committee on American Sovereignty to support Donald Trump. A man accused of laundering political contributions and filing false reports to cover it up.