Instead of handing Romney
cash for his campaign that would exceed allowable contributions, Mitt
Romney is having people pay out-of-pocket expenses directly.
"Federal Election Commission rules allow a donor to travel to a fundraiser at his or her own cost, but since the people in this case were actually flying to an event and then volunteering to raise money for a campaign, a payment of their travel by a private person may violate the election rules, experts say."
"It's hard to see how it would not be an illegal contribution," says Anthony Corrado, a professor of government at Colby College in Maine who specializes in campaign finances.
Gardner, however, says he doesn't believe there is a problem with him paying for the flight. "They don't care how you get there," he said this week.
Why not have Barbara Comstock pull the Seamus windshield out of Romney's garage, strap them to the roof of the Mittmobile and chalk another one up to emotion-free crisis management?
I'm sure these folks like fresh air.