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December 07, 2011


Gingrich Promise Breaks the Law

Newt Gingrich promised he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton "to be his secretary of state if he's elected president next year," the Washington Times reports.

Unfortunately, naming individuals you would appoint to office before the election is apparently illegal. Here's Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code:

"Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."

But it's hard to prove.

Rick Hasen: "I read this as requiring proof Gingrich said he would appoint Bolton for the purpose of getting Bolton's support.  More likely, Gingrich made the promise to gain support from voters."














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