7.18.19 political law links

WARREN HIT. FB. “The Federal Election Commission has sent a notice to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign committee, Warren for President, Inc., identifying instances of overly vague accounting descriptions and insufficient details in the campaign’s first quarter financial disclosures.”

COHEN PROBE UPDATE. HILL. “Judge William H. Pauley III wrote in an order issued in the Southern District of New York that the ‘government now represents that it has concluded the aspects of its investigation that justified the continued sealing of the portions of the materials relating to Cohen’s campaign finance violations.'”

WHAT’S COMING. CNS. “Announcing that investigation’s end, a judge ordered prosecutors on Wednesday to quickly disclose new information about how Cohen paid two women to silence their stories about supposed affairs with President Donald Trump.”

MI: MANDATORY MINIMUMS. ML. “Candidates and groups found in violation of Michigan’s campaign finance law could be facing heftier fines in the future under legislation introduced in the state House.”

OR: GETTING ATTENTION. OL. “Congress is talking about the influence of campaign money on environmental policy in Oregon, based on The Oregonian/OregonLive’s reporting.”

PA: SUPER PAC PUSH. PHINQ. “One of the country’s best-funded political committees is planning to spend tens of millions of dollars in an effort to return Pennsylvania to the Democratic column in 2020.”


7.17.19 political law links

GREEN WAVE. POL. “ActBlue, the online fundraising platform used by most Democratic candidates and outside groups, announced that 3.3 million donors contributed $420 million through the platform in the first six months of the year. ActBlue’s first filing of the year with the Federal Election Commission, which covers the same time period, is due at the end of the month.”

AL: NO VIOLATION. USAT. “Clinton Baller, a city resident representing Balance 4 Birmingham, alleged earlier this month that the city violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) with a mailer regarding myths and facts about the North Old Woodward project.”

CA: VOTERS TO DECIDE. SFE. “Voters will have a chance in November to increase the restrictions on political contributions in the latest campaign finance proposal aimed at pay-to-play politics in San Francisco.”

MN: CANDIDATES FARED. TCPP. “Candidates faced a midnight deadline Monday to file their second-quarter campaign finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission.”

NM: RULE AMENDMENT. KRWG. “Today, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver released a draft amendment to the state’s Campaign Finance Rule and announced a public hearing in the state’s capital to gather community input about the draft amendment.”

TX: ALLEGATIONS MADE. SM. “A campaign finance report filed Monday showed that Austin City Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison appears to have violated city campaign finance rules by continuing to raise money after her election last year.”


7.16 political law links

LOW DOLLAR SURGE. PF. “‘Under federal campaign finance laws, contributions from a single individual to a single candidate do not have to be reported until they exceed $200, so, unless Sanders chooses to voluntarily disclose the information for small contributions in his FEC filings, there is no way to verify the information,’ said David Primo, a professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester in New York. “

“DARK MONEY” ORIGIN. CRC. ” When Sunlight coined the term ‘dark money’ in October 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision nine months old.”

CASE CONTINUES. CNN. “A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss the campaign finance violation case against California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter.”

ACCESS FOR FUNDS. BF. “Elizabeth Warren relied on a multimillion-dollar Democratic donor to cover the cost of an expensive voter database — a move that risks putting her campaign at odds with the spirit, if not the letter, of the pledge she made to abstain from ‘big money’ fundraising.”

TEAMING UP FOR BAN. NPR. “‘Here’s something I don’t say often: on this point, I AGREE’ with Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz stated. He went on to say that he has long called for a lifetime ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists.”

FL: DISPUTE CONTINUES. WFSU. “Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Attorney John Morgan are once again sparring. Morgan continues to slam Gillum over the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s use of money left over from Gillum’s failed 2018 bid.”

NY: REFUNDS NOTED. NYDN. “Actresses Susan Sarandon and Rosario Dawson were refunded thousands in donations to Nomiki Konst’s failed campaign for public advocate after they gave over contribution limits.”