10.18 political law links

LEGAL FEES NOTED.  CNN.  “Legal consulting fees account for $1 of every $10 the campaign has spent this year, according to a review of campaign finance records.”

CONVENTION-RELATED ACTIVITY.  CPI.  “The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, which oversaw logistics for the Republican National Convention, received $923,100 from the Friends of the House 2016 LLC.”

SUPER PAC DUEL.  MN.  “suddenly high-profile U.S. Senate race are getting a little outside help in what could be a hugely expensive campaign.”

ID:  FROM THE REPORTS.  SR.  “Former state Sen. Russ Fulcher loaned his campaign $35,000 on Sept. 30, the final day of the reporting period, to pump his fundraising numbers up from $65,421 to $100,421 for the period from July 1 to Sept. 30, higher than those of GOP rival Luke Malek, who raised $82,814 in the same time period, but didn’t start until two months ago, receiving his first contribution on Aug. 10.”

PA:  ORDERED TO FILE.  CBS.  “A Philadelphia judge has fined a Democratic ward leader’s PAC $60,000 for ethics law violations in connection with the 2015 city council election.”

PA:  NO TAX FUNDS FOR CAMPAIGNS.  PV.  “Rather than helping lesser-known candidates, the lure of vouchers proved to be a time- and resource-wasting distraction.”

SD:  TASK FORCE ON REFORM.  RCJ.  “Five pieces of legislation received recommendations this week from a state panel looking at possible changes to South Dakota’s campaign finance laws.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.  

10.17 political law links

AMZN BIGGEST.  FB.  “According to the New York Times, Amazon has increased its lobbying staff to 83 members this year compared to 60 members last year, making it one of the biggest corporate lobbying shops in town. To top it off, the company is also on its way to surpassing its previous high for lobbying spending last year, which was $11.3 million.”

AZ:  HORNE UPDATE.  AZDS.  “A three-year investigation of former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found he illegally used his office staff to work on his failed 2014 re-election effort but that no criminal charges are warranted and he won’t have to pay back additional money.”

MS: CHANGES IN LAW.  MSB.  “On April 11, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law Senate Bill 2689, legislation instituting several reforms to Mississippi’s campaign finance laws.”

MO:  ETHICS REVIEW.  USN.  “The Missouri House Ethics Committee is reviewing a complaint against a lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged.”

NM:  FUNDS IN THE BALANCE.  SFNM.  “More than $900,000 that Republican Congressman Steve Pearce hopes to use to finance his bid for governor rests for now in the hands of a federal judge as an unusual lawsuit over New Mexico’s campaign finance laws wends through the courts.”

NY:  LAX RULES ALLEGED.  GG.  “District attorneys, through their election campaigns — which are not bound by New York City’s strict fundraising and spending limits — can receive tens of thousands of dollars from a single donor, including lawyers, regardless of whether the attorney has business before the office.”

PA:  RECORD FINE.  WHYY.  “A political action committee faces a $60,000 fine for failing to file required campaign finance reports for money it spent to sway voters in Philadelphia’s May 2015 primary.”

TX:  CRUNCHING NUMBERS.  TT.  “Over the weekend, incumbents and federal candidates jockeying for office in 2018 submitted what their campaigns raked in and spent during the third quarter of the year.”


10.16 political law links from PoliticalActivityLaw.com

GOOGLE AND FB ON BILLS.  POL.  “Google and Facebook are looking to make an early imprint on legislation being drafted in the House and Senate that would force them and other online networks to disclose information about the buyers of political ads.”

$100K CAN’T BUY WHITE HOUSE.  WSJ.   “The danger is that bending facts to fit the Russia story line may nudge Washington into needlessly and recklessly regulating the internet…”

AMAZON ON THE HILL.  NYT.  “Amazon is sweeping the nation’s capitol with a branding campaign of jobs creation and support for small businesses, promoting the upsides of its major expansion in media, groceries and transportation.”

FB BLITZ.  NYT.  “Facebook faces a variety of concerns about fake news and its broader role in the presidential campaign. But the criticism has become far more intense in the last few months, after the company revealed that Russian-linked groups bought more than $100,000 in ads on Facebook to influence the election.”

MENENDEZ TRIAL UPDATE.  ABC.  “Defense attorneys for Menendez and Melgen contend language in the McDonnell decision requires that an alleged bribe be given in exchange for an official taking an action —or agreeing to — on a specifically identified ‘question, cause, suit, proceeding or controversy.’”

JUDGE’S MOVE.  USN.  “A decision is looming in the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez that could lead to the dismissal of charges and alter the legal landscape for future corruption cases.”

SD:  SPENDING GAP.  RCJ.  “A new batch of ballot measure campaigns — on everything from government ethics to marijuana laws — are now collecting signatures before next month’s submission deadline to get on the 2018 ballot. And campaign finance rules still don’t require them to reveal who is paying for the push until next year.”