7.2 political law links

FEC UPDATE. GOVEXEC. “With four months until the November 2020 elections, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s campaign finance laws will once again lose the ability to do most of its job.”

PAC LAUNCH. HILL. “Hundreds of former members of the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC to support former Vice President Joe Biden, saying they are alarmed by President Trump’s conduct in office.”

NEW HIGH. NYT. “President Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it had $295 million in the bank, a formidable financial advantage.”

IL: MONEY RESPONSE. DRN. “Illinois Rising Action, a dark money super PAC, is running a TV ad against Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The group is reportedly putting $1 million behind the spot on both cable and broadcast over two weeks.”

MT: BALLOT ALLEGATIONS. GFT. “The Montana Republican Party and two minor party qualification committees violated state campaign finance laws in a successful effort to qualify the Green Party of Montana for the primary ballot without the Green Party’s knowledge, the commissioner of political practices said Friday.”

NC: LOBBYIST POSITIVE. WRAL. “State lawmakers had more questions than answers Wednesday after learning that an unidentified lobbyist tested positive for coronavirus after meeting with lawmakers.”

VT: COMPANY ADS IN THE NEWS. VTD. “Milne has recently appeared in television ads for his travel agency. The Democrats allege Milne is spending corporate funds ‘in service of boosting his name recognition for political gains.'”


6.25.20 political law links

SUPER PAC BOOST. CNN. “A new political group this week launched a Spanish-language ad attacking John Hickenlooper’s rival in the Colorado Democratic primary, the latest sign of growing concerns about the former governor’s prospects in a race that’s crucial to Democratic hopes of seizing the US Senate from Republicans.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH. POL. “The original super PAC supporting Joe Biden is getting back on the airwaves, pushing into the 2020 ad wars with spots praising Biden’s economic record.”

LAWSUIT ON AD. HILL. “President Trump’s reelection campaign is suing the largest Democratic super PAC for running an ad that it says misrepresents the president’s remarks about the coronavirus.”

$225 MILLION FINE. FCC. “FCC proposes a $225 million fine against Rising Eagle, a Texas-based telemarketer that apparently made over 1 billion health insurance sales robocalls to American consumers including many on the Do Not Call registry.”

NJ: CASINO LICENCEES CASE. NJLJ. “Legislatures must take great care in crafting statutory schemes that regulate political activity so that the statute employs means closely drawn to protect an important government interest.”


6.19.20 political law links

THREE OPINIONS APPROVED. FEC. “The Commission met by teleconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed the FEC’s offices to visitors and put most staff members on telework status.”

PAC LAUNCH. REU. “Republicans who worked for U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush have formed a Super PAC to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in November, the latest group launched by members of Trump’s own party who will work to see him defeated.”

GA: SHERIFF FINED. AJC. “According to the order adopted Thursday by the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, Warren misused campaign funds, failed to disclose in-kind contributions and had Sheriff’s Office staff working on his reelection campaign during county business hours.”

MI: WARNING ISSUED. WHMI. “A candidate for the Livingston County Board of Commissioners has received a formal warning from state election officials following a campaign finance complaint.”

NV: THE BASICS. LVS. “The laws discussed here apply to campaigns for state office only, including the Legislature, executive branch offices, judicial offices and local offices. Federal campaigns, even those for offices representing Nevada, such as U.S. senator or U.S. representative, are governed by federal campaign laws.”

JAPAN: MINISTER AND WIFE ARRESTED. NIK. “Katsuyuki, a 57-year-old member of the lower house, is suspected of having bribed local assembly members who helped with his wife’s successful campaign for an upper house seat in July. Prosecutors allege that Katsuyuki handed out a total of 25 million yen ($234,000) in cash to around 100 people, mostly local mayors and assembly members in her district, potentially violating campaign finance law.”