WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is the beneficiary of a legal defense fund set up to aid in expenses related to the 2016 election, according to disclosures the vice president made public on Thursday.
The fund has $25 in it, according to the disclosure.
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To donate to the fund, supporters will have to complete a series of certifications, including that Pence himself did not solicit the contribution, according to a White House official.
Donors will also have to verify that they are American citizens, they are not a lobbyist and the money is from their personal wealth, not a corporation, the official said.
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Additionally, federal employees, federal government contractors and registered agents for a foreign government will also be prohibited from donating.
Federal ethics laws that prohibit accepting excessive gifts have made it difficult for officials to raise money for defense funds. Past presidents, including President Bill Clinton, have formed legal defense funds, avoiding rules by disclosing individual donors and prohibiting contributions...
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