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The purpose of political contributions is to get something in return. It's perfectly legal, as long as the amounts donate are within the limits set by law.
The most blatant example of this process occurred in 1995, when John Boehner passed out checks from the tobacco lobby on the House floor to encourage members to vote against a bill to abolish a $49 million giveaway of taxpayer dollars to tobacco companies.
Trump's inaugural committee took in $107 million, and it's not clear where all that money went.
In an unusual twist, one of the contributors to Trump's inaugural committee not only has to pay a fine, but he's also going to prison.
A California venture capitalist was sentenced on Thursday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that included obstructing a federal investigation into a nearly $1 million donation to former President Donald J. Trump’s inaugural committee.
The businessman, Imaad Zuberi, was sentenced by a federal judge in California and ordered to pay $1.75 million in criminal fines and $15.7 million in restitution.
Mr. Zuberi, 50, had pleaded guilty to the obstruction of justice charge last year. It stemmed from a federal investigation into the source of $900,000 he had donated through his company, Avenue Ventures, to Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee in December 2016.