7.30.20 political law links

ETHICS UPDATE. TI. “”What was ultimately revealed, after a series of corrections made by Trahan and $400,000 in legal advice, was that her husband had shifted assets out of companies he owned into a joint checking account which was then quickly deposited into Trahan’s congressional campaign.”

WATCHDOG COMPLAINT. NW. “On Tuesday, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Trump’s campaign paid more than $170 million to companies affiliated with Brad Parscale and other officials without disclosing the ultimate recipients of the money.”

CO: LAWSUITS DISMISSED. CP. “A Court of Appeals panel last week dismissed two campaign finance complaints, citing a lack of jurisdiction under the secretary of state’s recently-revised protocols.”

HI: SUPER PAC SPENDS. CB. “The national campaign finance tracking site Open Secrets reports that the super PAC has offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and has spent $4.2 million in support of candidates this election cycle.”

MD: BRIBERY CASE UPDATE. WP. “Former Maryland state delegate Cheryl D. Glenn, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking nearly $34,000 in bribes, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison after emotional testimony about her career in public service from the Baltimore native and her family.”

MO: COMPLAINT FILED. STL. “A supporter of Mary Pat Carl, the Democratic challenger in the race to become the city’s next top prosecutor, has filed an ethics complaint against Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner.”

OH: REFORM SOUGHT. MJ. “State Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, introduced legislation with State Rep, Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, to update and reform Ohio’s campaign finance law.”

TX: CASH LEAD. TT. “Democratic U.S. House candidates in Texas have millions more aggregate cash on hand than their Republican counterparts. It marks an extraordinary six-year shift within the Texas delegation.”

VT: DATABASE LAUNCHED. VD. “Our campaign finance portal also shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database.”


7.24.20 political law links

CHARGES IN SCHEME. POL. “Prosecutors said a 501c4 nonprofit organization called Generation Now that was controlled by Householder received $60 million from an unnamed company, which Ohio media identified as FirstEnergy Solutions, a power generator owned at the time by utility FirstEnergy Corp.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH. HILL. “A Democratic super PAC is expanding its ad buy backing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Texas on the heels of a poll released Thursday showing Biden neck and neck with President Trump in the Lone Star State.”

$25 MILLION GIVEN. FORBES. “GOP megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson poured $25 million into a super-PAC supporting Senate Republicans, according to Federal Election Commission records filed Monday.”

GROUP TARGETS. WRAL. “A new dark money group started by a former Democratic state senator will target half a dozen Senate races this year in a bid to flip party control in the chamber.”

GA: ALLEGED COUNTING. AG. “The District Attorney who has garnered national headlines over concerns of conflicts of interest, inequitable application of the law, and questionable ethics has a full campaign coffer but empty accounting practices.”

MA: APOLOGY ISSUED. WL. “Boxford resident Christina Eckert, who is running as a Democrat for state representative in the 2nd Essex District, canceled an event because the method used to promote it violated state campaign finance laws.”

MT: AUDITING THE AUDITORS. HA. “A primary election contest that spilled over into the campaign finance arena has led to potential fines for the Republican state auditor candidate who won and another GOP candidate.”


7.15.20 political law links

FRANKLIN HITS. FP. “U.S. Rep. Ross Spano is under fire again for illegal campaign contributions he accepted in 2018 when he was first elected to Congress.”

KEEPING FUNDS. BT. “North Dakota Democrats want the state’s congressman to return campaign contributions from a company that has received the largest contract to date to build a section of President Donald Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

CA: MATTER SETTLED. PT. “Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson has agreed to pay $400 for violations that he improperly filed a campaign finance disclosure form that omitted certain stock holdings.”

CA: NEW ON LLC’S. JDS. “Under the new regulations, LLCs will be required to identify the individual responsible for making political contribution decisions on behalf of the LLC (i.e., the ‘responsible officer’).”

IL: NO NEED. CT. “An Aurora City Council committee this week declined to go any further with adding a limit to campaign contributions in the city’s ethics ordinance.”

MO: MONEY ANALYSIS. KC. “Missouri’s pro-Medicaid expansion committee just landed a $1.5 million donation from a Washington, D.C.-based dark money group — the single largest campaign contribution to a Missouri candidate or committee since 2018.”

OH: BRIBERY CLOUDS. TB. “Offered $1,000 after promising his vote on Toledo City Council for a permit for an internet gambling business on Central Avenue, at-large councilman Gary Johnson instructed the businessman to put it in the form of a contribution to his campaign fund, but in somebody else’s name.”