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    Liz Cheney’s concession speech may have violated campaign finance laws

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    Disgraced The appalling concession speech by Liz Cheney Tuesday night came after a significant Republican backlash from Wyoming primary voters, and the revelation of the embarrassing address may have broken campaign financing laws.

    The speech’s comparison of Cheney’s career to that of a former president was one of its most famous passages.

    After Cheney’s humiliating surrender speech, US Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) posted an attack on her, highlighting the irony of Cheney’s comparison of herself to former US President Abraham Lincoln:

    “Liz Cheney compared herself to Abraham Lincoln last night in her concession speech.

    Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves from the Democrats; he didn’t become a slave to the Democrats.”

    Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a Republican, continues to lose support even after losing the Wyoming Republican primary, according to Carmine Sabia Carmine’s analysis for the Conservative Brief.

    James Goldston, the former president of ABC News, who assisted with the January 6 committee hearings, recorded Cheney’s dramatic “faretheewell” statement; CNN reported:

    “Goldston, the former President of ABC News, was surveying the scene at Cheney’s campaign event at a cattle ranch outside Jackson. He and a small film crew were taking in the picturesque landscape, with the Grand Tetons in the distance and the Wyoming prairie bathed in the evening sunlight, in what will be a stunning backdrop for a marquee Cheney speech expected later today.

    As the vice chair of the committee, Cheney worked closely with Goldston’s team in presenting the findings in a TV-ready fashion to a national audience. They have worked together to edit hours and hours of recordings that have brought to life the insurrection as it unfolded.

    Goldston was not in Wyoming as part of his work as a special adviser to the House committee, CNN has learned, but rather on assignment for his own production company for potential future projects involving Cheney.

    But Federal Elections Commission rules say that his help may be a donation in kind:

    An in-kind contribution is a non-monetary contribution. Goods or services offered free or at less than the usual charge result in an in-kind contribution. Similarly, when a person or entity pays for services on the committee’s behalf, the payment is an in-kind contribution. An expenditure made by any person or entity in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate’s campaign is also considered an in-kind contribution to the candidate.

    The value of an in-kind contribution—the usual and normal charge—counts against the contribution limit as a gift of money does. Additionally, like any other contribution, in-kind contributions count against the contributor’s limit for the next election, unless they are otherwise designated.”

    The peculiar behavior of Cheney was noted by several media.

    “Liz Cheney’s graceless concession speech follows her landslide defeat in the WY primary,” Rajan Laad wrote for the American Thinker in a bold smackdown.

    “The outcome of the Republican primary for Wyoming’s sole House seat was widely expected. Recent polls had Cheney trailing her top rival, Harriet Hageman, by double-digit margins.

    Late yesterday, the inevitable occurred.

    More on this story via The Republic Brief:

    Rep. Liz Cheney suffered an emphatic routing in her Wyoming primary race. She ended up securing only 49,316 votes, which is just 28.9% of all the votes, while Hageman secured 109,902 votes, which is an emphatic 66.3% of the total votes, according to the latest count as of this writing.

    After thanking her team and her family members, Cheney began her “concession” speech,” Laad wrote. CONTINUE READING…

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