Michelle DuBois Screwed Up Again: Soliciting Pity Campaign Donations Using PayPal Violates Campaign Finance Laws
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The Michelle DuBois story just won’t go away. The other day we broke the news that the Brockton State Rep obcstructed justice when she tipped off drug dealers that federal agents were conducting a raid:
After it became national news she jumped on the opportunity to cash in by soliciting funds for her campaign slush fund:
But……..since Michelle DuBois likes to post things before making sure they are legal first, it turns out she violated ANOTHER law. This time it was a campaign finance law, according to a letter sent to the director of the OCPF:
Michael Sullivan, Director
Office of Campaign and Political Finance
One Ashburton Pl # 411
Boston, MA 02108
Dear Mr. Sullivan,
On behalf of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, I request OCPF to review the campaign committee of State Rep. Michelle DuBois and her use of a PayPal account that appears to be in violation of state campaign finance law. (See State Rep. DuBois’ PayPal here: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.dubois.52056 and below).
OCPF’s regulations require that a political committee that solicits contributions using PayPal must request occupation and employer information from contributors giving $200 or more in a year before directing the contributors to the PayPal site. In addition, the website must require contributors to certify, with an affirmative action, that they are responsible for making payments on the credit card and that the contributor’s personal funds will be the true source of the contributions. (See November 29, 2011 Agency Action Letter: http://files.ocpf.us/pdf/actions/orrall_11.pdf). It appears Rep. DuBois’ PayPal site is in violation of both requirements.
In response to OCPF’s review of a similar case (see November 2011 Agency Review), if the committee did not receive affirmative replies for the contributions in question, those contributions must be refunded. Such contributions must be returned as part of restitution, as the monies constitute an illegal advantage.
On behalf of the members of The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, thanks so much.
Paul Diego Craney
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance
Basically, the OCPF monitors who donates what to political campaigns, because there are limits. And if campaigns were allowed to accept money from randoms on PayPal, there would be no way to trace who is giving what money. Corporations could get around campaign finance law by making a bunch of PayPal accounts and sending her $500 at a time from 100 different accounts. It’s campaign finance 101 to avoid doing something dumb like this at all costs.
But then again Michelle DuBois is not a smart person. At least she was smart enough to take it down, which shows you that someone called her up and told her that what she was doing is completely illegal. Keep in mind, she believes that she is doing such a good job that she was worthy of a 40% raise just a couple months ago. What’s scary is that this person is in charge of making laws that affect all of us. Is anyone from East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, or East Brockton gonna step up in 2018 to run against this idiot? Because I think she’s too stupid to resign.
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