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Q&A: Linus Roache has long resume before 'Law & Order'

Linus Roache is a seasoned actor who plays an assistant district attorney on Law & Order.

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Linus Roache is a seasoned actor who plays an assistant district attorney on Law & Order.

The lowdown on Linus Roache

The new guy on Law & Order, Linus Roache, is fabulous. Can you give me some info about him?

The England-born Roache, who plays assistant district attorney Michael Cutter, was also in the NBC series Kidnapped, as well as movies such as Batman Begins (as Bruce Wayne's father), Priest and Before the Rains. He also played Robert F. Kennedy in the FX production RFK and Moses' brother Aaron in the TV miniseries of The Ten Commandments.

Candidates and public funds

During presidential campaigns, a candidate may elect to receive public money and restrict spending to a certain amount. What happens to money that comes in from contributors beyond the limit?

The situation is different for primary and general elections. For primaries, qualified candidates may receive public funds that match the first $250 of each individual contribution, and are subjected to a spending limit for the whole primary campaign. In 2008, the limit for those receiving public funds was $42.05-million. .

A candidate who exceeds the spending limit could possibly pass the extra money on to a national party fund. But it would take years to reach this destination because the campaign's paperwork would have to be audited, said Bob Biersack of the Federal Election Commission.

That scenario is unlikely anyway, Biersack said. People who thought they had a real chance of winning the primaries all chose not to participate in the matching program because they didn't want to be confined to the spending limit.

In the general election, candidates who choose to receive public funds may not receive private contributions, and they must limit campaign spending to the amount of public funds given.Barack Obama opted not to participate in the public funding system. John McCain accepted $84-million in taxpayer money, and the spending restrictions that went with it, through the public financing system.

So let's say a general election candidate who is taking public funds receives a check as a private contribution. The candidate has some options besides returning the donation, as long as the donor gives permission:

• The candidate can place the money in a special account permitted under public financing rules that covers the costs of complying with public financing rules. If there are accounting or legal costs related to public financing, those can be covered by this fund. Because the law mandates a disclaimer at the end of campaign ads (e.g., "I am John McCain and I approve this message"), McCain used this account to help pay for the brief portion of his ads devoted to the disclaimer.

• Candidates can ask donors if they want to give the donation to another recipient, such as a national party committee. But the contribution would need to be returned first, Biersack said.

Q&A: Linus Roache has long resume before 'Law & Order' 01/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:29am]
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