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Not that I doubt you, but where does Federal Law outline the value of data for in-kind purposes? I give free info to campaigns when I can and have gotten permission from previous clients, but I never realized that had to be considered an in-kind donation. Though I do know communications made at the behest of another campaign using that campaigns lists have to be counted as a donation equal to the cost of the communication.

Paul Prados

Presuming all of this story is true:

For it to be misprision, they would have to know the value of the item stolen met the terms of felony larceny. You make the leap and say that there are "tens of thousands of dollars of data" on the SIM card.

It sounds like an idiot stole a phone, was caught and fired, and the phone was returned.

Misprision has three "i"s it is "misprision."


Mshapiro- The FEC actually has a cost system you have to use similar to the way the IRS calculates miles driven on taxes. For example, an email list of donors is assigned one cost, while email volunteers are a lower cost, and generic email addresses and the lowest cost. I will try to dig up the training docs somewhere and send them to you on email.


Paul- I think the line is $200 in Virginia. No question Bell thinks his data is worth $200, right?


Assuming the facts are as you have reported them, it would be interesting to know what they told the police after they decided not to report the employee who took the phone.




*making popcorn*



They did tell the police that night about the phone (hence the police report). They did not inform the police of the value of the phone, allowing the police to mistakenly think it was a misty- when in fact it should have been charged as a felony. Hence they dropped the issue.

David Rogers

I think you are confusing "misprision of a felony" with a plea bargain.


But did they tell the police they'd caught the person who did it and give that person's identity to the police?

That's what makes this scenario so interesting: they did call the police in. The question is, what did they tell the police in order to get them to go away without arresting anyone, and did they break any laws in the process?

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