7.12.18 political law links

FEC ENFORCEMENT UPDATE.   COV.  “In a newly published client alert, Covington provides an overview of recent FEC enforcement trends and identifies areas of active enforcement at the four-member Commission.”

CT:  WELL FUNDED.   COU.  “If a wealthy, self-funded shoreline businessman does not become Connecticut’s next governor, it won’t be for lack of spending money.”

KY:  FACING SCRUTINY.   HS.  “When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity.  That was two years ago.”

ME:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE TYPO.   IVN.  “Maine State Treasurer and independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes was joined by state representatives, former legislators, and others Monday to call on lawmakers to pass the error and omissions bill needed to restore Clean Elections funding for the 2018 election cycle.”

MO:  DENIALS.   KCS.  “Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff denies allegations in a newly filed ethics complaint that he violated Missouri campaign finance laws while helping to run former Gov. Eric Greitens’ 2016 campaign.”

NH:  DEFICIENT.   NHPR.  “For the first time ever, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is auditing all state-level fundraising reports to make sure they’re filed on time and include all the right information.”

NY:  SIGN ISSUES.  PC.  “A leader of a group that regularly protests against U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been charged with petit larceny after being accused of stealing campaign signs.”

WY:  FINDING FAULT.   WYO.  “Wyoming was the last state in the nation to require candidates to report on campaign contributions before election day.”


7.3.18 political law links

DISCLOSE ACT AGAIN.   FS.  “Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tom Udall (D-NM), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) to call for a hearing on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to shine a light on unlimited secret spending in American elections.”

MAPLIGHT NEWS.   MP. “MapLight is excited to welcome former Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chair Ann Ravel to our staff as a full-time Senior Fellow to tackle the threat that deceptive digital politics presents to a transparent, equitable, and accountable democracy.”

IN:  BAN APPROVED.   JG.  “As approved Tuesday night, the ordinance prohibits ‘business entities’ from bidding on city contracts if any officer, partner or principal with more than a 10 percent ownership share in the entity and subsidiaries controlled by it contributes more than $2,000 a year to a political campaign of someone with ultimate responsibility for awarding city contracts.”

ME:  DELAY SUIT.   WABI.  “Several publicly financed candidates and an advocacy group are suing Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his finance chief for withholding money sitting in Maine’s public campaign fund.”

NC:  MONEY TRACKER.   SFC.  “A North Carolina television station has tracked down who’s responsible for a series of ads by dark-money groups attacking state Republicans online and on TV.”

TX:  DEADLINE MISSED.   TT.  “Jonathan Jenkins, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas whose unconventional campaign has drawn Republican objections, has missed the deadline to submit the signatures needed to appear on the November ballot.”

TX:  CONSULTANT FINED.   MS.  “The Texas Ethics Commission has fined a Travis County political consultant who the commission says created a deceptive website to attack a candidate running last year to be chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party, according to a recent ruling.”

HAVE A GREAT 4TH OF JULY.   I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.  Have a great 4th!

6.28.18 political law links

DISCLAIMER HEARING.   CPI.  “While invited, Google, Facebook and Twitter declined to testify at Wednesday’s FEC hearing, although all did submit written comments. (The FEC says it received ‘165,800 public comments and signatories to others’ comments’ overall.)”

HEARING DAY ][.  The hearing will continue this morning and may be watched with a link available here.

KEY OPINIONS.   AJN.  “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010): Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, which stated the prohibition of all independent campaign expenditures by corporations and unions violated the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. It addressed a federal law that prohibited ‘electioneering communication,’ defined as a broadcast ad reaching over 50,000 people in the electorate, within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of an election.”

CA:  MARIHOOCHIE MONEY.  BN.  “Taking a campaign contribution from a pot shop and covering it up: That’s what Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard is accused of doing.”

CO:  LOST AUTHORITY.   TG.  “When it comes to politicos, since 2002 ordinary citizens could wear the badge, and not just on Election Day. Or at least they did until June 12, when U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore ruled that the state’s procedure for finding, reporting and prosecuting campaign finance violations is unconstitutional. Now the Secretary of State’s Office will enforce the law.”

MO:  DISCLOSURE URGED.   KC.  “As Missouri moves forward from a difficult chapter in its political history, one of the lessons former Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration shows us is the influence wielded by dark money.”

ND:  ACCUSATIONS.  BT.  “David C. Thompson, a Grand Forks Democrat running for state attorney general, has again taken aim at Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accusing him of ‘corruption,’ specifically improper reimbursements to himself with his Senate campaign funds.”

MONGOLIA:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE SPOTLIGHT.   WP.  “‘Mongolians have realized that the source of corruption is campaign finance,’ said a leading independent economist, Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa, who runs the influential Jargal Defacto website. ‘Those who give money through these political parties control all of Mongolia, control all the government.'”