6.21.18 political law links

COORDINATION RULES.   POL.  “Coordination between campaigns and outside groups is illegal, though both parties’ election lawyers regularly give candidates a green light to evade that ban by sharing information in the public domain — for example, posting long YouTube clips clearly meant for use by friendly super PACs.”

AZ:  BRIBERY TRIAL.   ACT.  “Norton, the Pierces, and water utility owner George Johnson, whose company bears his name, are on trial in U.S. District Court in Phoenix in an alleged bribery and fraud scheme.”

CO:  VETTING COMPLAINTS.   DP. “After a federal judge ruled last week that significant portions of Colorado’s campaign finance complaint procedures are unconstitutional, state elections officials have adopted a new process…”

ID:  LATE REPORT.   IN.  “State superintendent Sherri Ybarra filed her campaign finance report Monday evening — four days late.”

MD:  SUPER PAC LAUNCH.   WP.  “An outside group supporting gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is pumping money into attack ads that focus on the education record of his chief rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.”

MA:  REPORTING ISSUE.   HN.  “The group that advocated for the building of a new B.M.C. Durfee High School has been cited by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance for failing to report expenditures related to their effort.”

NY:  NIXON REFORMS.   GG.  “Standing on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan, a symbol of corruption in New York government, Andrew Cuomo launched his run for governor eight years ago last month, vowing to clean up the rot in Albany.”

RI:  COMPLAINTS FILED.   PRO.  “Democratic Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, and a watchdog group have filed a complaint against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.”

WA:  GOOGLE SUSPENDS.   EG.  “Google has bowed to pressure from Washington state and will no longer run local election advertisements starting from today.”


6.18.18 political law links

CASE DISMISSED.   CDN.  “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced Friday it dismissed a complaint from a liberal watchdog group alleging that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had violated campaign laws by promoting his businesses and using campaign funds to pay for events at his Mar-A-Lago resort.”

CONWAY VIEW.   HILL.  “George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said allegations that the Donald J. Trump Foundation may have violated campaign finance laws should be referred to the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.”

LOBBYIST REGISTRATION RULES.   WSJ.  “Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer for Donald Trump, illegally engaged in secret lobbying, people familiar with the investigation said, as part of the government’s broader probe into Mr. Cohen’s business dealings.”

AL:  WARNINGS AND VIOLATIONS.   AL.  “Alabama’s new campaign finance law seem to be giving some candidates trouble.”

CO:  THROWN FOR A LOOP.   DP.  “Just as primary campaigns wrap up and the general election homestretch begins, the District of Colorado federal court threw the state political class for a major loop.”

GA:  CONDO PURCHASE.   GT.  “Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle bought a condo in downtown Atlanta a decade ago from a well-connected energy lobbyist who owned the unit next door.”

MD:  SELF-FINANCER POURS.   WP.  “David Trone, the millionaire businessman, has pumped another $5 million of his own money into his campaign to succeed Rep. John Delaney in Maryland, and has twice the amount of cash as his nearest rival to spend in the two weeks before the Democratic primary, campaign finance reports show.”


6.14.18 political law links

AZ:  MONEY MOVE.   EAC.  “Republican Vernon Parker said last Wednesday he supports an initiative to outlaw ‘dark money’ in political campaigns because he knows what it’s like to be the victim of it.”

CA:  SECOND COMMISSIONER LEAVES.  SB.  “Commissioner Maria Audero, a Los Angeles employment law attorney, left the agency more than seven months before the conclusion of her term to assume a new role as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Central District of California.”

CO:  PART UNCONSTITUTIONAL.   USN.  “A federal judge has thrown out Colorado‘s voter-approved system for enforcing campaign finance violations.”

NM:  TAXPAYERS PAY.   USN.  ” New Mexico taxpayers will cover up to $133,000 in legal fees in a dispute between state campaign finance regulators and the gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Steve Pearce under a settlement agreement.”

OH:  CLAIMS AGAINST GROUP.   CL.  “A political watchdog organization is accusing a Dayton-based dark-money group of violating federal tax and campaign-finance law by undercounting the amount it spent on anti-Democrat attack ads.”

TX:  CALL FOR REFORM.  SAE.  “Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has called on the state Legislature to reform Texas campaign finance laws during the 2019 legislative session.”

TX:  GROUP DRAWS COMPLAINT.   TT.  “Slick videos on the Indie Party website promote independent candidates as the solution to politics as usual, and the party offers a high-tech innovation: a crypto-currency called Indie Tokens that volunteers can earn and sell to donors and that can be used to buy campaign merchandise or political services from vendors, lawyers and pollsters.”

WA:  PANEL FINED.  TC.  “The Clark County Republican Central Committee will pay $74,725 as a result of a complaint made by the Washington Attorney General’s office for failing to report campaign contributions in a timely manner.”