Thursday, October 14, 2010

Gibbs: I don't think Michelle Obama violated electioneering rules

A reporter on Thursday asked White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, if Michelle Obama might have broken the law and violated electioneering rules when she encouraged a voter to vote for her husband while standing within a 100 feet of a polling place.

Sounds like a minor technicality to me; a bit lame, and certainly not an earth shattering event, considering that her husband is alleged to have accepted illegal [foreign] contributions when he ran for President. Nevertheless, here's the exchange - for all its worth:

Q: "Michelle Obama voted in Chicago today. [According to the pool report], one of the people, Dennis Campbell, whom she met, said, 'she was telling me how important it was to vote to keep her husband's agenda going'. Some people raised the possibility of this being against laws, as far as electioneering rules, not campaigning within 100 feet of [polling places], can you respond to that?"

Gibbs: "Obviously, I wasn't in Chicago today. I'd point you the First Lady's staff. I don't think it would be much to imagine that the First Lady might support her husband's agenda...."

Update: Drudge has latched onto this story now:
A top Ilinois State Board of Elections official tells the DRUDGE REPORT that Mrs. Obama -- a Harvard-educated lawyer -- may have simply been ignorant of the law and thus violated it unintentionally.

"You kind of have to drop the standard for the first lady, right?" the official explained late Thursday. "I mean, she's pretty well liked and probably doesn't know what she's doing."
I still think this is non a issue. But the illegal campaign contributions and the illegal activities that took place during the Presidential campaign, those incidents should have been vetted by the Feds.

The following is but one example of illegal activities that took place in polling places - on behalf of Obama - during the Presidential campaign. Bear in mind, this is a mere drop in the bucket of all the illegal activities that occurred, as many of you may recall.

May - 2008: Obama Campaign Activity in Polling Place:

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