8.22 political law links

WHAT AUDIT FOUND. JS. “Newly revealed draft audit findings for the years 2015-2016 show that the South Dakota Democratic Party understated disbursements by $2.5 million, received $67,182 worth of contributions from unregistered organizations and failed to disclose $46,097 worth of debts and obligations.”

TOP TIP. FEC. “House candidates, individuals traveling on behalf of House candidates, their authorized committees, or the leadership PACs of House candidates are generally prohibited from making campaign-related trips aboard non-commercial aircraft. This prohibition cannot be avoided by paying the service provider, even if the payments come from the personal funds of a House candidate.”

TODAY AT THE FEC. The agenda for today’s Federal Election Commission meeting is here.

CA: ACCUSATION. CNS. “A San Diego voter has sued Assemblyman Todd Gloria, accusing him of illegally using donations from his Assembly re-election campaign to pay for his run for the mayor’s office.”

GA: USE OF FUNDS. AJC. “State ethics commission staffers say former Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a one-time frontrunner for governor, illegally spent campaign donations on luxury car leases, child care bills, an athletic club membership and a down payment on a $965,000 house.”

NY: PERSONAL USE. DG. “U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, FBI special agent in charge in Albany, said Morse used campaign contributions for his personal benefit.”

RI: FACING INVESTIGATION. FB. “Democratic Governors Association chairwoman Gina Raimondo is being investigated after her administration awarded a no-bid $1 billion contract to a gambling company connected to the DGA’s treasurer.”


Tues., 8-20, Political LAW Links

DONOR DISCLOSURE. NYT. “At a time when Americans increasingly view members of the opposing political party as enemies, we should rethink campaign finance disclosure laws — especially for small donations.”

PERSONAL USE NEWS. RC. “An ex-congressman who diverted leftover campaign money towards dinners and dues at a private club outside of the Capitol just as he began to lobby his former congressional colleagues will only have to pay back a fraction of the campaign funds he misused.”

DARK PINOCCHIO. FB. ” The Washington Post fact-checker gave a new Democratic dark money ad targeting Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), who is up for reelection next year, three Pinocchios for claiming Collins put Social Security and Medicare ‘in jeopardy.'”

CA: BREED DONATION. SFC. “San Francisco Ethics Commission investigators are probing London Breed’s 2018 mayoral bid for possible campaign finance violations, according to documents obtained by The Chronicle.”

FL: MYSTERY ABOUNDS. TBT. “A secretive organization with the goal of thwarting amendments approved by voters after the 2020 election cycle has spent more than $800,000 on paid petition gatherers in the last four months, using funds from undisclosed sources and raising the specter of another high stakes fight over the future of energy regulation in Florida.”

NJ: GROUP CLOSED. NJG. “The General Growth Fund, a 501 (c)4 non-profit with ties to Democratic powerbroker George Norcross was dissolved earlier this year, the New Jersey Globe has learned.”

NY: BREAKFAST ON ME. GTH. “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) gives former members of Congress six months to wind down their campaign affairs after their last day in office. Leftover funds are to be refunded to donors, transferred to other political committees, or donated to charity.”

UT: WILD WEST. SLT. “Salt Lake City elections are the wild, Wild West when it comes to campaign finance.”


8.19 political law links

NRA DISMISSAL. DC. “The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission said Friday she supported investigating possible Russian funding for the National Rifle Association based solely on an anonymously-sourced McClatchy article.”


FUNDRAISING WOES. POL. “Joe Biden raised $4.6 million online on his first day in the 2020 presidential race, surprising doubters who thought the former vice president couldn’t run a modern campaign. But since then Biden’s online fundraising has tumbled — looking more like flash-in-the-pan opponent Beto O’Rourke than top-tier rivals like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.”

CA: WHAT COMMISSION FOUND. KTVU. “Staff with the Oakland Public Ethics Commission has found that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s campaign accepted donations over the legal limit from the owner of several large properties in the city, and has recommended she return the contributions and pay a fine.”

TN: USE OF FUNDS GUIDANCE. TNN. “Coley, R-Bartlett, subsequently asked Doug Himes, a legislative attorney, whether he would be allowed to use ‘excess campaign funds’ to help ‘defray the cost’ of the trip.”

TX: TAKEAWAYS. TT. “Thanks to a moratorium on fundraising while the Texas Legislature is in session, most state officeholders only had two weeks in June to raise campaign funds in the first half of this year. That didn’t stop them from reporting millions of dollars raised in their semiannual financial reports.”