Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) pledged a continued fight against Donald Trump ever becoming president again in her Tuesday concession speech. If that translates into a presidential run, the filmed speech could land her afoul of election law.
The face of the anti-Trump movement was soundly spanked in the Republican primary for the state’s lone House seat, gaining only 29 percent of the vote. Her Trump-endorsed opponent, Harriet Hageman, had 66 percent of voters pull the lever in her favor. Cheney is probably even more disheartened by knowing many of her voters were Democrats who switched parties to vote for her in the GOP primary.
The Conservative Brief further reported:
Her concession speech was filmed by the same man who has helped the January 6 committee hearings, former ABC News president James Goldston, 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.
It is unlikely a Republican candidate who fails so spectacularly in a heavily red state will have any impact on the 2024 general election. Of course, her declaration about preventing another Trump presidency could refer to her work with the House J6 Committee.
If Trump is convicted of a felony before the election ends, he could be disqualified from assuming office.
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