4.18.19 political law links

20 MONEY RACE. WP. “President Trump’s reelection committee and the Republican Party have a significant head start on the Democratic field.”

ELITE DONATIONS. CBS. “From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential candidates ahead of this week’s first quarter fundraising deadline.”

ETHICS RULING. CLE. “Staffers for former Wadsworth Republican Rep. Jim Renacci inappropriately used official resources to promote his 2018 campaigns for U.S. Senate and Ohio governor, an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation found. But Renacci won’t be sanctioned for any violations because he’s no longer in office.”

AL: LOOKING FOR DISCLOSURE. AT. “What rules govern campaign finance in my hometown of Orange Beach and other municipalities throughout the state?”

CA: DEFAMATION AND SLANDER ALLEGED. MCW. “The head of the Monterey County deputy sheriff’s union and a Salinas City Councilmember who ran unsuccessfully for Monterey County Sheriff have sued three sheriff’s office commanders, alleging the trio defamed and slandered them during the 2016 campaign.”

CO: BILL MOVES. CP. “A bill that would codify a 2018 federal court decision that struck down much of Colorado’s enforcement of its campaign finance system won party-line approval from a state Senate committee Monday.”

MA: RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS. NBC. “Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., said she has been fully compliant with the laws and regulations outlined by the Federal Election Commission. She said these allegations highlight why more women need to be in leadership and run for elected office.”

OR: ETHICS DEAL. OL. “It’s the second attempt at a settlement for Hayes, who faced the potential of $110,000 in fines after ethics investigators made “preliminary findings” last year that she violated ethics laws 22 times between 2011 and 2013 while serving as Oregon’s first lady. Investigators confirmed news reports that Hayes accepted more than $200,000 through her clean energy consulting firm while also serving as an unpaid adviser on the same issues for her fiancée, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber.”


4.16 political law links

CANDIDATE SUES. CO. “Records show that Brown sought an exemption to the rule that would have allowed her business ads to continue.”

WELD IN. POL. “Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld is officially challenging President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.”

OPINION IN DISCLOSURE CASE. POL. “An anonymous individual who secretly funneled $1.7 million to a super PAC in 2012 will soon be revealed after a lengthy legal fight — if a new appeals court decision in Washington is not put off for further review by the court.”

MUELLER REPORT UPDATE. HILL. “Federal campaign finance law and Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations prohibit foreign nationals, directly or indirectly, from making contributions or donations of anything of value to US elections.”

CA: INVESTIGATION CLOSED. PD. “A lengthy state investigation into allegations the son-in-law of a prominent Sonoma County developer violated campaign finance laws during the 2016 Santa Rosa City Council race has been closed without reaching any conclusions.”

CO: NEXT FOR REFORMS. DP. “Denver voters on May 7 will decide who takes the reins of an office that’s charged with carrying out major campaign finance reforms and a new public financing system that could transform future city elections.”

GA: ABRAMS AND SUBPOENA. TPM. “Joyce Gist Lewis, lawyer for former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, is striking a defiant tone in response to the new ethics commission chief’s decision to subpoena the Abrams campaign’s finance records.”

NV: SISTER PAID. RGJ. “Such payments may run afoul of state law if they exceed the fair market value normally paid for the type of services Spearman-Davis provided.”


4.10.19 political law links

TOMORROW AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. FEC. “The Commission considers new regulations, advisory opinions and other public matters at open meetings, which are typically held at FEC headquarters on Thursdays at 10:00am.”

AL: PROSECUTION MOVE. AL. “When state lawmakers say district attorneys should prosecute ethics crimes, not the Attorney General’s office nor the Ethics Commission, mind what they mean, not what they say.”

CA: REFORM TIME. VOC. “With these forty four counts of wrongdoing, it is time to renew our call for political reform.”

IN: FIRM PAID. SBT. “The Indiana House Ethics Committee has hired an outside attorney to investigate allegations that House Speaker Brian Bosma used campaign funds to collect unflattering information about a former intern who claims she had a sexual encounter with him decades ago.”

LA: WAR CHEST. NS. “Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has more than $10 million cash in the bank to invest in his reelection campaign, while wealthy Republican businessman Eddie Rispone surpassed that total by investing millions more of his own fortune.”

PA: CAMPAIGNS REPAY. PPG. “The Post-Gazette reported in February that some of Mr. Fitzgerald’s colleagues on the local political stage disclosed spending thousands of dollars in campaign money on meals, either venturing widely across the region’s restaurant scene, as county Treasurer John Weinstein did, or returning regularly to a ‘home office,’ as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has described Cappy’s Cafe in Shadyside.”

PA: ALLEGED VIOLATIONS. PPG. “On Monday, the D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit accountability watchdog group, called on the Allegheny County Board of Elections and District Attorney’s office to investigate the key players in a group called Americans Against Socialism for allegedly violating campaign finance reporting laws.”

PA: CASH SCRAMBLE. PHL. “Candidates for city offices had to file their latest campaign finance reports Tuesday, and the records offered few surprises. For one thing, Mayor Jim Kenney has at least 10 times the amount of cash on hand as one of his challengers six weeks before the May 21 primary.”