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Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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I DON'T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Give Me A Break, I Know Like Three Elton John Song Titles Is Elton John's upcoming fundraiser concert for Hillary Clinton a violation of federal election rules? The Washington Times put the question to the Federal Election Commission, and the body "does not rule out the possibility." Apparently, the performance could run afoul of campaign laws designed to prohibit "any foreign national from contributing, donating, or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly."

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More worryingly for concert-goers, "it is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. Persons who knowingly and willfully engage in these activities may be subject to fines and/or imprisonment." However, FEC officials were quick to point out that the concert might fall under the jurisdiction of the 1997 Retard Boomer act, which states that anyone who pays money to attend an Elton John concert "shall be immune from prosecution" on the grounds that they've "already got what they deserve."

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UPDATE: It's all nice and legal, says the Hillary campaign. Not that that makes it right.



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