"If a politician gets caught breaking the rules on the job, he or she can open a 'legal defense fund,' collect cash from supporters and special interests and pay the fine, without losing a dime."
Jessica Levinson is quoted:
But just because it's legal doesn't mean the rules make sense, said Jessica Levinson ... "You've committed an ethics violation, now you go and raise money for your legal defense fund from presumably the same people involved in your ethics violation," Levinson said. "It's a very imperfect system."
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