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Matthew Sanderson Comments on Sen. Mike Lee Doing ‘Due Diligence' on Illegal Donation Claims

August 13, 2014, Deseret News

Deseret News quoted Matthew T. Sanderson concerning Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, directing his campaign staff to contact donors who may be connected to illegally raising funds for his campaign. The allegations that Lee accepted contributions made in other people's names are the subject of a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission in June by the left-leaning Alliance for a Better Utah. For the complete article, please visit Deseret News' website.

Excerpt taken from the article.

Matthew Sanderson, a political law attorney with the Washington, D.C., firm of Caplin & Drysdale, said it's a "bit unusual" for Lee to be reaching out to donors at this point.

"I guess they're being safe rather than sorry," Sanderson said, adding that Lee may have some indication that there are contributions that need to be refunded or otherwise removed from his campaign coffers.

"So they're trying to avoid the drip, drip, drip scenario," Sanderson said. "They're wanting to get (donors) to either certify right now or refund right now. That's more of a political calculus than a legal calculus."

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