3. Illegal Contributions From 14 Donors in 2015
Marco Rubio is trying to focus his efforts on gaining ground in the Republican party and winning the nomination in the coming months. While he is focused on those efforts, the federal elections regulators are trying to get the Rubio camp to step back and answer some questions they have about his campaign efforts. It appears that during the last year, Rubio accepted illegal campaign contributions from fourteen different donors. The Federal Election Commission reached out to the Rubio campaign treasurer and inquired as to why contributions from these fourteen donors well exceeded the maximum allowed by the law. Sunshine Gasoline Distributors in Miami was responsible for giving the Rubio campaign $9,600, exceeding the allowable limit by $7,000. In a three-month period, it was uncovered that there was significant donations made over the $2,700 limit.
When the Rubio camp was questioned about the shady donations, they simply declined to answer and referred the question to a campaign spokesperson who never replied. Even though the money was not returned, it is not a criminal offense, but still against federal law. In the end, if the campaign is forced to return the money, it results in it being nothing short of a loan when the campaign needed funding the most. The Rubio camp is cutting corners, and the voters of this country must be made aware that this is happening with a candidate who wants to eventually lead the country.
These three times Republicans used shady donation money for 2016 presidential campaigns are an indication of a bigger issue. The laws are structured in such a way that there is no punishment even if the candidate is exposed. Due to questionable terminology, the candidates can walk that fine line of deceit and ignorance, all the time slipping through loopholes that protect them from facing any serious repercussions.