8.10.20 political law links

CONTRACTOR PENALTY. BGOV. “A Louisiana-based tugboat company that’s received tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. Navy has paid a rare fine for making an illegal $100,000 contribution to a Republican super PAC.”

BALLOT BID. WP. “One elector trying to get rapper Kanye West on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin is married to a former chairwoman of a Republican county committee and was photographed with President Trump at his inaugural.”

BAD TIMING. POL. “The House Ethics Committee found Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) violated campaign finance rules by receiving a campaign salary when she was no longer a congressional candidate — but that she did not have ‘ill intent’ in her actions.”

MONEY HIGH. VOA. “Nonprofit organizations and other outside groups that don’t disclose their donors are spending record amounts of money on the 2020 U.S. presidential and congressional races, signaling their growing influence in national politics.”

NO MEETINGS. LAT. “Under normal circumstances, the commission would have at least four members, the minimum required to meet, issue advisory opinions and approve enforcement action. But circumstances at the agency aren’t normal: For most of the last year the FEC has only had three members, rendering it nearly powerless.”

MO: PAC FINED. KMOV. “A political action committee formed to support Gov. Mike Parson has been fined $2,000 for violating state campaign finance laws.”

OH: ROLE OF LAW. CR. “The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Ohio accuses Householder and four other men of engineering a racketeering and bribery scheme to bail out Ohio’s two nuclear power plants.”

WA: NO DODGE. TS. “In the latest suit, Attorney General Bob Ferguson argued that Facebook has unabashedly continued to violate Washington law, which uniquely requires all political ad-sellers to make significant disclosures about who’s paying for political ads that target state and local elections, as well as details about the reach of those ads.”


7.30.20 political law links

ETHICS UPDATE. TI. “”What was ultimately revealed, after a series of corrections made by Trahan and $400,000 in legal advice, was that her husband had shifted assets out of companies he owned into a joint checking account which was then quickly deposited into Trahan’s congressional campaign.”

WATCHDOG COMPLAINT. NW. “On Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Trump’s campaign paid more than $170 million to companies affiliated with Brad Parscale and other officials without disclosing the ultimate recipients of the money.”

CO: LAWSUITS DISMISSED. CP. “A Court of Appeals panel last week dismissed two campaign finance complaints, citing a lack of jurisdiction under the secretary of state’s recently-revised protocols.”

HI: SUPER PAC SPENDS. CB. “The national campaign finance tracking site Open Secrets reports that the super PAC has offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and has spent $4.2 million in support of candidates this election cycle.”

MD: BRIBERY CASE UPDATE. WP. “Former Maryland state delegate Cheryl D. Glenn, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking nearly $34,000 in bribes, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison after emotional testimony about her career in public service from the Baltimore native and her family.”

MO: COMPLAINT FILED. STL. “A supporter of Mary Pat Carl, the Democratic challenger in the race to become the city’s next top prosecutor, has filed an ethics complaint against Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner.”

OH: REFORM SOUGHT. MJ. “State Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, introduced legislation with State Rep, Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, to update and reform Ohio’s campaign finance law.”

TX: CASH LEAD. TT. “Democratic U.S. House candidates in Texas have millions more aggregate cash on hand than their Republican counterparts. It marks an extraordinary six-year shift within the Texas delegation.”

VT: DATABASE LAUNCHED. VD. “Our campaign finance portal also shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database.”


7.24.20 political law links

CHARGES IN SCHEME. POL. “Prosecutors said a 501c4 nonprofit organization called Generation Now that was controlled by Householder received $60 million from an unnamed company, which Ohio media identified as FirstEnergy Solutions, a power generator owned at the time by utility FirstEnergy Corp.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH. HILL. “A Democratic super PAC is expanding its ad buy backing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Texas on the heels of a poll released Thursday showing Biden neck and neck with President Trump in the Lone Star State.”

$25 MILLION GIVEN. FORBES. “GOP megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson poured $25 million into a super-PAC supporting Senate Republicans, according to Federal Election Commission records filed Monday.”

GROUP TARGETS. WRAL. “A new dark money group started by a former Democratic state senator will target half a dozen Senate races this year in a bid to flip party control in the chamber.”

GA: ALLEGED COUNTING. AG. “The District Attorney who has garnered national headlines over concerns of conflicts of interest, inequitable application of the law, and questionable ethics has a full campaign coffer but empty accounting practices.”

MA: APOLOGY ISSUED. WL. “Boxford resident Christina Eckert, who is running as a Democrat for state representative in the 2nd Essex District, canceled an event because the method used to promote it violated state campaign finance laws.”

MT: AUDITING THE AUDITORS. HA. “A primary election contest that spilled over into the campaign finance arena has led to potential fines for the Republican state auditor candidate who won and another GOP candidate.”