Ohio state official Helen Jones-Kelley may be getting a free pass on illegally searching Joe the Plumber’s government records, the same Ohio government official who went to the Supreme Court Of Ohio to protect the identity and privacy of a private citizen from public knowledge, but will she get a free pass for exceeding campaign contributions to Barack Obama as well

Since Ms. Jones-Kelley is keen on illegally accessing a private citizen’s information, let’s look at something that is common knowledge, information any private citizen can access, i.e., this is legal. 

Open Secrets shows that Jones-Kelley donated $2300 AND $200 on July 31, 2008 during the primaries to Barack Obama.  FEC laws state the maximum contribution of individual to a political candidate cannot exceed $2300 per election cycle: 

$2,300 per election to a Federal candidate or the candidate’s campaign committee.2 Notice that the limit applies separately to each election. Primaries, runoffs and general elections are considered separate elections.

Two hundred dollars may be nothing, but the law is the law, right Ms. Jones-Kelley? The questions begs itself: Why is Jones-Kelley getting a free pass for giving above the maximum donation, information that is PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, unlike the information Jones-Kelley obtained ILLEGALLY?

And anyone that thinks politics played no part in this crime against Joe the Plumber lives under a rock. 

h/t on Supreme Court of Ohio vs. Jones-Kelly to #161 The Guvnah at October 28, 2008 01:06 AM (+ndb4) at Ace of Spades

UPDATE: Helen Jones-Kelley admits to digging more than initially disclosed.  Things aren’t looking so bright for Ms. Jones-Kelley. Breaking the law always darkens a sunny day.