Rosie O’Donnell, the actress and outspoken critic of President Trump, violated federal election laws as many as five times, the New York Post has uncovered.
O’Donnell reportedly broke campaign finance laws by giving Democratic candidates far more than she was allowed by law. Individuals can give a candidate no more than $2,700 per election, but in some cases, O’Donnell gave thousands more than allowed.
O’Donnell’s defense to the report puts the blame on the candidates, saying they should have refunded anything over the allowed amount.
That excuse, however, may not be enough to escape prosecution.
Rosie O’Donnell made illegally over-sized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, according to a Post analysis of campaign filings.
The liberal comedian has regularly broken Federal Election Commission rules limiting the total any one person can give to an individual candidate at $2,700 per election. The limit applies separately to primaries, runoffs and general elections.
“Nothing nefarious,” the outspoken star and Donald Trump arch-nemesis wrote in an email to the Post. “I was not choosing to over donate.
“If 2700 is the cut off — [candidates] should refund the money,” she wrote. “I don’t look to see who I can donate most to … I just donate assuming they do not accept what is over the limit.”
It should be noted that conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was convicted of a federal crime in 2014 for making an illegal contribution to just one candidate. He served eight months in a halfway house, received five years probation, and a $30,000 fine.
O’Donnell said she donates often, and uses the online liberal fundraising platform ActBlue. “My anxiety is quelled by donating to those opposing trump [and] his agenda — especially at night — when most of these were placed.”
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones disclosed $4,700 from O’Donnell in his special general election bid last year against former GOP judge and accused child molester Roy Moore, his campaign filings show. Jones’ office didn’t return messages seeking comment.
Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb reported $3,600 from O’Donnell for the special general election he won in a March upset, his filings show. He’s now running for a full two-year term in a different congressional district in November, and O’Donnell put up another $1,000 for that bid.
Federal authorities have yet to respond to the Post report.