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  •  contradiction? (4.00)
    You write: "And as Tan Family members, who are Chinese Nationals, gave the max to George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 ..."

    But "the max" for a Chinese national is $0; foreigners cannot contribute to US election campaigns.  Are you sure you're right about that?

    •  That might be a problem for George to explain (4.00)
    •  Double standard (none)
      Why is it ok for the US to funnel millions into political campaigns in Ukraine, Iran, and elsewhere - but not ok for foreigners to spend here?
    •  Wow, they couldn't be that careless... (none)
      could they?

      More seriously, since CNMI is part of the American "family" might that not change the rules?  Or could they have donated using a loophole for international corporations or something?  

      I have to look that up.  Hadn't even thought about that aspect of it - thanks.

      "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

      by joanneleon on Wed Dec 07, 2005 at 10:04:35 PM PST

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      •  If they were citizens of the CNMI, maybe (none)
        but the Tans aren't. They're Chinese nationals.

        Big difference.

        •  Yes, I was looking at FEC (none)
          website to see if there are ways for foreign nationals to donate.  I saw two possibilities - one is if a foreign national has a green card, he/she can donate.  The second was more complicated and involved domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations establishing PACs - there seem to be ways to do this.  However, if they donated as individuals, the only legal way I could see was if they had a green card.

          FEC site

          "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

          by joanneleon on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 01:15:28 PM PST

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