Audio: Federal Election Commission Ruled Unanimously
Foreign-Born Person Can File and Raise Funds To Be President
Note: The FEC hearing archived above is a must hear. The report from Roll Call below is missing many details about what was said during the hearing and the concerns about Abdul Hassan raising funds under false pretenses. This is complete insanity!
FEC Allows Presidential
Campaign for Foreign-Born Man
The FEC’s unanimous vote allows Hassan — who born in the South American country in 1974 — to be a candidate, solicit funds and requires him to file disclosure reports for a presidential bid. However, the agency’s decision stopped short of addressing the constitutional issue of whether someone born outside the United States can be president.
Instead, the agency told Hassan he may not receive any presidential primary matching funds by quoting the Constitution, stating “[n]o Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Hassan’s request appeared to put the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law. The two commonly held constitutional requirements to run for president are that the candidate be 35 years of age or older and be a “natural born citizen.”
But FEC commissioners said repeatedly that their decision to define Hassan as a candidate had nothing to do with his birth country. They said that current federal election law allows for someone to be a candidate, regardless of whether they can legally hold the office they seek and that the FEC is not charged with deciding presidential criteria including one’s natural-born citizenship. MORE HERE http://www.rollcall.com/news/fec_allows_presidential_campaign_for_foreign_born_man-208435-1.html?pos=hln
Prior report: FEC draft opinion saying non U.S.-born naturalized citizens can file and raise funds to run for President - HERE
FEC draft opinion saying non U.S.-born naturalized citizens can file and raise funds to run for President
What U.S. President in History Has Multiple Sources in a Foreign Country Saying He Was Born There?