2.21 political law links

SANDERS HAUL. CNBC. “Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign said it raised $5.9 million from 223,000 donors within the first 24 hours of his 2020 presidential campaign.”

NEW PAC. HILL. “Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff is attacking Democrats as part of a new conservative super PAC, E&E News reported Tuesday.”

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE UPDATE. CNBC. “The government’s top ethics watchdog disclosed Tuesday that it had refused to certify a financial disclosure report from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.”

CHAIR SABOTAGE. MJ. “This drastic step, which one former FEC lawyer called the ‘nuclear option,’ is effectively an effort to sabotage her own agency in order to enforce the law and create more campaign finance disclosure.”

NJ: LAW SOUGHT. NJS. “With those outcomes and unanimous votes, S-1500 looked to be on track for final approval in the Senate and, then, onto the New Jersey Assembly for its action.”

NY: BASEBALL DONATION. LH. “The $2,600 worth of donations to Republican Ron Belmont raises questions about the blurry relationship between the town government and its recreational sports leagues. News of the donation has also drawn criticism from some parents who are only now learning their money was used for partisan purposes.”


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COURT WON’T HEAR. MTPR. “Montana’s 2015 campaign finance law survived its biggest test Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take up a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act.”

CA: MATCHING FUND FINE. LAT. “[J. Roy] Garcia, who runs a flooring business, turned in paperwork to get “matching funds” from the city — taxpayer funds that are supposed to help level the playing field for grassroots candidates by matching small donations from local residents.”

CT: LAWYER CHARGED. WHN. “The legal counsel for Senate Republicans, who previously admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a political action committee he oversaw, was arrested Wednesday.”

OH: MAYOR STEPS DOWN. N5C. “Highland Heights is getting a new mayor following the resignation of its current mayor, who stepped down amid a campaign finance investigation.”

WA: SEIU TO PAY. ST. “The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Washington State Council 14 has agreed to pay a six-figure settlement over a campaign-finance lawsuit.”

WA: CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROPOSAL. KDN. “HB 1698 would require presidential candidates to release their federal income tax returns 63 days before the primary. Sponsored by Democratic representatives only, the bill would require at least the last five years of tax returns and would allow the secretary of state to redact confidential information. If candidates do not comply they would not appear on the primary ballot.”


2.19 political law links

THEFT SUSPECTED. WKYC. “The re-election committee for an Ohio Republican congressman told the Federal Election Commission it suspects the campaign’s former treasurer stole tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign’s bank account, according to a published report.”

D PUNT. HILL. “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has punted on a resolution that would have created a task force to reduce the role of corporate PACs in party fundraising.”

CA: POWER SOUGHT. LAT. “California’s campaign watchdog agency is sounding an alarm that local prosecutors have failed to file charges in dozens of cases where officials have allegedly used public funds for political purposes.”

LA: CHILD CARE OK. WAFB. “The state ethics board voted 6 to 4 Friday to allow candidates for public office to use campaign money to pay for childcare while they are out soliciting votes.”

MD: REFORMER CLASH. WTOP. “At issue is a resolution sponsored by Sen. Paul G Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) that would enable Maryland to call on Congress to establish a constitutional convention to set campaign contribution limits in the country. Five other states have already called for a constitutional convention on campaign finance laws; two-thirds are needed for Congress to act.”

MI: LAW STING. DN. “A group that actively campaigned for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten its hand slapped and must now pay a fine for its clear violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. That law exists for a reason, and the state must do more to ensure it’s getting enforced.”

SD: LOW TECH DISCLOSURE. RCJ. “Analyzing campaign finance data in South Dakota is a laborious process because of a low-tech disclosure system.”