So is this Why Huckabee is Still in the Race?
I’m sure by now all of you have heard about Mike Huckabee’s “work trip” to the Cayman Islands, for what he is calling a “paid speaking gig.”
While I’ve seen a lot of people in the blogosphere covering this story, I haven’t seen too many people asking questions about the legitimacy and/or legality of this trip. What will he be speaking about? In what capacity? Though this seems irrelevant, depending on how this trip was set up, there should be a few red flags raised.
If he is speaking as a candidate for the Presidency of the United States and getting paid, regardless of its location, that should be considered a campaign event. If it turns out to be a speaking event that is centered around his candidacy, those funds that are generated should be reported and should go directly into his campaign. Should this not happen, this means that any candidate could use their “in the race” status to travel the globe, speaking for any amount of money, from any source and use those proceeds to line their pockets, without any detailed disclosure.
What’s even more concerning to me is the fact that he’s going to the Cayman Islands, a place that is known by many to be a tax haven for American executives who want to stash their money away so the government can’t see it. I’d hate to think that now the Cayman Islands is becoming a pocket-stuffing treasure chest for candidates who are all about themselves and see an easy opportunity.
Looking at a Cayman Island’s newspaper that is part of the event, the information about Mike Huckabee reads as follows:
Mr. Mike Huckabee will be the keynote speaker for the Young Caymanian Leadership Awards on 16 February at The Ritz–Carlton, Grand Cayman.
The United States presidential candidate has been featured recently on all the major television networks and is quickly gaining popularity as a potential president of the United States.
Should Mike Huckabee be able to use these funds to pay his mortgage, buy himself a car, etc, he would be in violation of FEC rules had the event happened on US soil. This should be something that should be investigated the Federal Elections Commission so precedent can be set for future election cycles.
While this might be an honest event, I cant help but wonder if this is an advanced version of his infamous “second wedding Target registry” that happened following his tenure as Governor of the state of Arkansas.
Usually, what happens in Cayman stays in Cayman, but I’m hoping that there is someone there investigating this to make sure that this event, and the proceeds generated are completely legit, from non-US citizens, without any strings attached.
If these are discrepencies however, I think its quite clear why he really is staying in the race.