Further proving that Republicans in the age of Trump (and well before, of course) believe their job is to enforce the law but not to follow the law, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R. WI) reportedly made a complete mockery of campaign finance laws by taking campaign donations in an extremely shady manner.
Randy Bryce is the democratic runner for Congress in Paul Ryan’s state of Wisconsin, who points out:
Politico reported Paul Ryan took a trip to Las Vegas last week, but what happened there in terms securing a $30 million donation just might go down as one of the shadiest moves in political history.
Sheldon Adelson stroked a $30 million check to a Super PAC that benefits House Republicans after Ryan met with him last week. OpenSecrets’ Anna Massoglia flagged the corruption of the American politico system, pointing out:
Politico points out: “The long-sought donation was sealed last week when, according to two senior Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan flew to Las Vegas to meet with the billionaire at his Venetian Hotel. Also at the meeting with Adelson was his wife, Miriam; Norm Coleman, the former Minnesota senator who chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition; Corry Bliss, who oversees the super PAC; and Jake Kastan, Ryan’s No. 2 political aide. They laid out a case to Adelson about how crucial it is to protect the House.”
“As a federally elected official, Ryan is not permitted to solicit seven-figure political donations. When Ryan (R-Wis.) left the room, Coleman made the ask and secured the $30 million contribution.”
Paul Ryan can’t legally ask for a $30 million donation, but it’s completely fine for him to lay out the case for it, then leave the room while his associate gets the job done. Welcome to American politics.