Events in the news led me to wonder about campaign finance laws and to what extent they can be applied to activities other than cash donations. I formulated and included a hypothetical scenario which was inspired by current events in order to show the magnitude of that extent I was interested in.
I did not ask if this hypothetical happened, and I don't wish to receive answers that would address that.
In many SE sites the inclusion of an example is welcomed, and if you leave it out, comments follow asking for one, or unclear what you're asking votes without helpful comments appear. In Stack Overflow parlance for example (I know that's a stretch from politics) it's a Minimal, Complete, and Verifiable example or MCVE.
Here my example seems to have triggered the conspiracy theorist detector. I'd hoped to be informed about problems with the question and make adjustments quickly, but the close voting started before the comments, so I'll ask here instead.
- How can one include a hypothetical example to help define the topic of a question?
- Should one include a hypothetical example to help define the topic of a question?
I'd added the comment there
If I abstracted the scenario, asking only about "actions that result in a newsworthy event that benefits a campaign" without the benefits of an clarifying example, I wonder if that would ally some concerns?
Would that be the better way to proceed?
The body of my question:
Trying to understand how things other than direct cash donations can also be considered campaign contributions in the US, I've formulated the following scenario to explain the thing of potential value; money and resources spent which may benefit a campaign, but not a direct contribution.
If I spent my personal funds on an international trip based from the US, where I travelled from town to town in another country and simply talked to people, and for whatever reason this led to many people getting the idea that this would be a good time to start a caravan, and if the large size and timing of that caravan resulted in it becoming a rallying point in many campaigns in the US with a central coordinated theme or proponent, would my travel-related expenditures in the US (or perhaps abroad as well) qualify as a campaign contribution in the US at a state level in non-presidential years?
If I did it two years later before a presidential election, at the federal level as well?