Ari Fleischer: That's not accurate.
Mokhiber: It is accurate.
Ari Fleischer: The political action committee is comprised of voluntary contributions from employees.
Mokhiber: But the company decides how to spend it.
Ari Fleischer: The political action committee decides how to spend it.
Mokhiber: But the company controls the political action committee.
Ari Fleischer: It's not corporate -- the political
action committee is a voluntary committee -
Is there a question?
Mokhiber: Yes, there is a question -- which
I think you dodged yesterday -- given that this money came
from what is now a convicted corporate felon, does the President have a policy on accepting money from
convicted felons, and should he give it back at least to the PAC, which is controlled by the company?
Ari Fleischer: Again, you are making a tie
between individuals and corporations. That's not the case.
Corporations cannot give campaign contributions and the campaign did not receive corporate contributions.
Mokhiber: Excuse me, could I follow up, Ari?
-Thanks to Russell Mokhiber
White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor
of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate
Crime Reporter. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman.
He can be reached at: email@example.com
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