he did in fact ask two people to make contributions in their name and later reimbursed them, knowing it was not proper under the law
No, he shouldn't have done it. For the record, though, I could name half a dozen local personal injury lawyers who have done the exact same thing to benefit their Democrat pals on the legislative ticket.
The skeptic is never for real. There he stands, cocktail in hand, left arm draped languorously on one end of the mantelpiece, telling you that he can't be sure of anything, not even of his own existence. I'll give you my secret method of demolishing universal skepticism in four words. Whisper to him: "Your fly is open." If he thinks knowledge is so all-fired impossible, why does he always look? — James Sire (from, The Universe Next Door)