11.20 political law links

RULES MOMENTUM.   CNBC.  “The FEC’s proposed rule change comes after Congress grilled executives from those three internet companies for allowing foreign nationals and propaganda groups to buy issue ads during the 2016 campaign.”

NEW FANGS.   NPR.  “FARA was enacted in 1938 to combat Nazi and communist propaganda spouting up on the front end of World War II. It doesn’t make propaganda illegal, but instead requires ‘persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity”‘ to reveal the connections they have abroad, including their finances.”

CA:  DEADLOCK ON FINE.  DR.  ” A state panel deadlocked Thursday on an $18,500 penalty proposed for alleged violations of disclosure requirements for contributions and spending by Pam Bertani in her 2014 campaign for Solano County supervisor.”

CT:  RETRIAL POSTPONED.   CTP.  “It took Newton, the confident, recently elected City Council member and former convicted felon, a minute and 40 seconds in front of Judge Laura F. Baldini, who delayed, yet again, his retrial on four charges connected with a mysterious $500 that showed up at a crucial moment back in the summer of 2012 when he tried to make an initial political comeback running for his former state Senate seat.”

MA:  FINANCE FLUBS.   ML.  “A Berkshire County lawyer who ran for Massachusetts Senate failed to fully comply with campaign finance law during the 2016 Democratic primary, according to a state agency.”

TX:  REVIEW SOUGHT.    TPR.  “The Republican Party of Texas’ efforts to elect a more conservative House speaker in 2019 is now in the hands of the Texas Ethics Commission. The commission is considering if some of the party’s tactics qualify as ‘bribery’.”

WA:  JUDGE SETTLES.   HN.  “Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Cindy Larsen will pay a $2,000 fine as part of a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office on allegations she violated campaign finance laws in the 2016 election.”


Political law links for 11-15-17

KOCHS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   NBC.  “Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are well-known for pumping tens of millions of dollars into so-called dark money nonprofits — groups that actively promote or criticize candidates for office but are not required to reveal their donors.”

NO VERDICT.  NYT.  “A day after saying they were deadlocked, jurors in the federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez spent a full day on Tuesday deliberating, and finished without a verdict.”

TRANSFER QUESTIONS.  NW.  “The Kremlin’s foreign ministry sent more than 60 wire transfers worldwide last year, totaling over $380,000, with a memo saying the cash was meant ‘to finance election campaign of 2016,’ a report revealed Tuesday.”

BAN SOLICITATIONS ADVOCATED.   LAW.  “Only if there is a complete firewall between candidates and donors can the public be certain that campaign dollar signs are not dancing in the elected official’s head.”

FEC MEETING.   The agenda for tomorrow’s Federal Election Commission is here.

NC:  STUDIO EXPENSE QUESTIONED.   NANDO.  “TV equipment a political donor helped purchase to fill a studio for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest should be investigated as an illegal campaign contribution, according to a government watchdog group.”

VA:  ROEM AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   WP.  “Roem’s victory shows just how fast things can change in politics. But it also makes a broader point about political campaign rules: Strict regulations of campaign contributions do not necessarily make political systems more equal or more diverse.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.  Due to The Federalist Society’s 2017 National Lawyers Convention, this is the last set of links for this week.

Political Law Links for 11-14-2017

MEDIA CORPORATIONS AND BIDEN.   DS.  “Curtailing campaign contributions would radically amplify the volume of media companies by muffling all the other voices in the public square.”

MENENDEZ UPDATE.  USAT.  “After jurors slipped a note to court officials saying they were deadlocked on criminal corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez, the judge told them to go home and return Tuesday with a new outlook.”

FB AD ASK.   BB.  “Facebook Inc. says it supports policy measures that promote transparency in online campaign advertising, according to a comment filed with the Federal Election Commission.”

IL:  SELF-FUNDING CRITICISM.   DNW.  “State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) rebuked Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker’s decision to donate $7 million to his own campaign in a Saturday news release.”

MO:  EDITORIAL ON STATE OF LAW.   STL.  “Last year the Legislature passed a law prohibiting campaign funds from being used for investments, but the law doesn’t cover money in political action committees.”

NM:  RULES ALLEGATION.   KRQE.  “The city’s Board of Ethics has determined mayoral candidate and State Auditor Tim Keller violated the Elections Code and the Open and Ethical Elections Code in the City Charter.”