Did Clinton violate the law by campaigning on NY subway?

clinton2On Friday, the New York Post reported that Hillary Clinton violated the law when she campaigned on a New York subway.

According to the Post:

Hillary Clinton didn’t jump a turnstile — but she broke the law by campaigning on the subway, an offense punishable by a hefty $25 fine or 10 days in the slammer.

MTA rules specifically state that “campaigning” on subway cars is a criminal offense, and video of her trip on the 4 train — after swiping her card five times before she could get through the turnstile — shows her glad handing and chatting up fellow straphangers.

She was accompanied on her two-stop trip Thursday by Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr, who introduced her to other riders as “the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”

The Post said Clinton wasn’t ticketed for violating Section 1050.6(c)1 of the subway rules, which prohibits campaigning in cars but allows it in stations under certain circumstances.

Did she actually violate the law?  A post at The Week said:

It is up for debate if Clinton was actually “campaigning” — but Ali Gharib at The Guardian argues that by “glad-handing on the train itself,” Clinton’s short ride was “all the more galling because there are actual, regular New Yorkers trying to make ends meet who are arrested for violating the same rules that Clinton disregards with impunity.”

“When performers are playing music they are thought to be committing a crime and arrested, and apparently when Hillary Clinton does public speaking on a train car that is not considered a violation of the statute,” Matthew Christian of BuskNY told The Guardian.

Clearly, the incident shows Clinton’s utter disregard for the rules…


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