Thurs. political law links, 4-17-14

FIVE LARGE DONORS.  USAT.  “Wealthy donors gave millions to independent super PACs during the first three months of the year – a sign that these independent political action committees are gearing up for big spending in the fight over which party controls Congress and on hot-button issues such as gay rights.”

BLOOMBERG $50 MILLION PLEDGE.  Fox.  “Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported.”

INHOFE ON MCCUTCHEON.  Ada News.  “The Supreme Court’s decision striking down overall limits on campaign contributions protects Americans’ right to support as many candidates as they like, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday.”


NEW CHALLENGE.  Businessweek.  “Now, just two weeks later, Backer has filed a lawsuit looking to strike down some of the restrictions still on the books.”

LERNER AND DOJ.  Fox.  “Newly uncovered emails show Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, was talking with the Justice Department about going after groups seeking tax-exempt status, just days before she publicly acknowledged the agency was targeting Tea Party and other organizations.”

GOLDEN TICKET.  The Hill.  “House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp would be coveted by the private sector if he were to chose to head downtown after his retirement.”

READY FOR ONLINE ADS.  Roll Call.  “A Super PAC encouraging a presidential run by Hillary Clinton has spent over $1.5 million for online advertising during the last 15 months and raised over $5.7 million.”

DC CIRCUIT ON FILIBUSTER CASE.  Roll Call.  “Advocates asking the judiciary to declare the filibuster unconstitutional were dealt a major setback Tuesday by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.”  The opinion is here and notes the DISCLOSE Act.

NJ:  CFR PROSPECTS.  PolitickerNJ.  “State Senator James Beach (D-Camden, Burlington) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s call for changes in the way campaigns are financed.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday.  Have a great weekend.

Political law links, friends

CHRISTIE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  RCP.  “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called for the abolishment of current federal and statewide campaign finance rules, and instead supported allowing unlimited donations to individual candidates with a public notification required within 48 hours.”

POTTER TO PRINCETON.  PU.  “His talk, ‘Can Our Democracy Survive the Supreme Court?,’ will discuss developments in campaign finance law, particularly with regards to the recent Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

D SUPER PAC RAISES BIG.  USAT.  “The Senate Majority PAC raised $11 million during the first three months of the year — a big sum as the group focuses on helping Democrats retain their majority in the U.S. Senate, new Federal Election Commission reports show.”

THE WAKE OF MCCUTCHEON.  DLA Piper.  “In McCutcheon, the Court was not forced to address comparable limits imposed under state law. At the time of the decision, eight states had in place aggregate individual contribution limits similar to the federal law, with one more state law set to go into effect next year.”

IRS AIMS AT PAUL.  Examiner.  “Ron Paul’s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.”

RNC SUES IRS.  WFB.  “The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a lawsuit against the IRS for delaying its response to the committee’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.”

GA:  OCR’ING CAMPAIGN FINANCE DATA.  InformationWeek.  “Faced with a deadline for electronically processing and making publicly available financial disclosure information, officials at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission needed to deploy a system for digitizing a multiplicity of forms — some of which were even handwritten in crayon.”

IL:  STATE SUPER PAC FORMED.  News-Democrat.  “Former East St. Louis mayor Carl Officer says he has formed a SuperPAC to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, signaling a possible shift in Democratic support.”

MO:  BILL DROPPED.  Springfield News-Leader.  “An attempt at ethics reform fell flat in the Senate today after the bill’s sponsor withdrew the latest version of his legislation. The move came after a Senate leader expressed concern with the proposal.”

NJ:  WASH. TOWNSHIP EASING PAY TO PLAY.  “At the Monday, April 7 council meeting, a new ordinance was adopted in a 3-1 vote, which places a $300 threshold for contributions to a municipal candidate and a $500 cap on those to a county candidate, committee or political action committee. If an entity exceeds those limits, it is disqualified from receiving a contract with the township for one year.”

WI:  MORE TO COME.  “The cameraman behind the video that led Republican state Senate President Mike Ellis to announce that he would not seek re-election has a message for politicians across the country: You could be next.”


April 15, 2014 political law links

SUPREMES CONSIDER LYING IN POLITICS.  Roll Call.  “The Supreme Court has made pretty clear that putting your money where your mouth is deserves broad protection as a form of free political speech. The justices are about to consider whether outright lying in a campaign deserves a similar First Amendment shield.”

OVERTURN MCCUTCHEON?  “The five Democratic candidates vying to succeed U.S. 1st District Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, all said they would work to legislatively overturn the McCutcheon ruling, as well as the Citizens United v. FEC ruling from 2010.”

NEXT FOR BACKER.  MJ.  “Backer’s victory is shining some light on another high-profile cause of his: Convincing Sarah Palin to run for US Senate.”

LEGAL FEES NOTED.  WP.  “According to her FEC report, McMorris Rodgers paid a total of $42, 325 in legal fees over the first three months of this year to D.C.-based firm McGuireWoods.”

ENVIRONMENTAL FUND$.  Bloomberg.  “Two of the nation’s largest environmental groups are combining forces to raise $5 million for the 2014 election to blunt better-financed efforts by industry groups fighting tougher climate-change laws.”

SUPER PAC RAISES.  Bloomberg.  “American Crossroads raised $5.5 million in the first three months of this year, almost all of it in March, the group said in a written statement.”

DONOR RACE.  USAT.  “Political parties, election lawyers and some donors are racing to capitalize on the Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down the overall limits on what wealthy contributors can give to candidates, parties and political action committees.”

AZ:  NO VIOLATION.  Arizona Daily Star.  “Attorney General Tom Horne did not violate campaign finance laws in his successful 2010 election, a state administrative law judge ruled Monday.”  I definitely want to read the opinion.  If it doesn’t pop up somewhere it should be online at the AZ OAH decision search page here soon.

CA:  LA CFR URGED.  LAT.  “Bobby Shriver, the first Los Angeles County supervisorial contender in 18 years to opt out of voluntary campaign spending limits, is calling for a major overhaul of county election laws, including lifting fundraising restrictions on candidates who use personal wealth to help pay for their campaigns.”

WI:  ELLIS WON’T RUN AGAIN.  Badger Herald.  “Wisconsin state Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, has decided to forgo his 2014 re-election bid in light of a recently released and controversial video by Project Veritas.”

CAN:  LOBBYIST RULES DETER.  “[PJ] Mercanti warns that given an option between building a hotel in a city with a lobbyist registry and one without, his company would likely choose the one without.”