At his death, Shaber surprised the LNC with a bequest of over $235,000 with no strings attached… “The facts surrounding this bequest are undisputed. Shaber neither coordinated with the LNC regarding his decision to include the party in his will nor even informed the party of that decision.” Except for pursuing its ordinary political activities, the LNC ‘“provided nothing of value to Mr. Shaber, or to anyone else, in exchange for his bequest.’”
The dead cannot ask for favors. And a political committee cannot offer them to the dearly departed. This is especially true when the deceased does not inform the beneficiary of a bequest that it exists.4 This uncoordinated arrangement is neither corrupt nor potentially corrupting.
Institute for Free Speech Amicus Brief, U.S. Supreme Court (September 23, 2019)
Institute for Free Speech Amicus Brief, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (September 12, 2018)