9.20 political law links

TODAY AT THE FEC.   FEC.  Plutocracy day at the FEC has a special early start time of 9:30 a.m. for this morning’s public meeting.

DEAR FCC.  HILL.  Three Democrats sent the FCC a letter seeking an investigation into a Russian media network.

ELECTION LAW NEWS.  WR.  The latest edition of Wiley Rein’s Election Law News is available and contains a number of valuable articles.

LEGAL FEES IN PROBE.   Hill.  “President Trump is reportedly using money from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and his reelection campaign to pay some of the legal costs surrounding the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

PRIVATE JET PRECEDENT.  POL.  “In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel.”

MD:  URGED TO ATTEND.   WP.  “A top Baltimore County government official has urged his staff’s “full participation” on Monday in a ‘very important announcement’ by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D), who is expected to launch a run for governor this week.”

MI:  FAST TRACK.   FREEP.  “A bill that’s been called ‘Citizens United on Steroids’ flew through the House of Representatives today, opening up the campaign finance floodgates even more for candidates and super PACs.”


9.19 political law links

HACKER BATTLE.    POL.  “Candidates are quizzing prospective campaign managers on anti-hacking plans.”

RAVEL RESURFACES.   POL.  “To prevent another attack, and provide voters with information about who is behind efforts to sway their votes, we should adopt policies mandating the disclosure of the source of advertisements.”

CA:  BILL MOVES.   SS.  “Proponents of campaign finance reform are celebrating the passage of the Disclose Act, a bill passed by the California Assembly Friday that may require political ads for the web, television, print and radio to disclose a ballot campaign’s top three donors.”

KY:  FINE IN 2011 CASE.  GDT.  “A member of former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration violated the Executive Branch Code of Ethics by soliciting other state employees for contributions to Beshear’s 2011 re-election campaign, according to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.”

MD:  TESTING LAW.   BM.  “A candidate’s plan to direct campaign donations to charities could test Montgomery County’s new public financing law.”

MD:  LOBBYIST CHARGED.   WTOP.  “Attorney and registered state lobbyist Matthew Gorman, of Hyattsville, Maryland, is facing federal bribery charges for trying to influence a lawmaker, according to court documents. Gorman offered a $1,000 bribe to former Maryland Del. Will Campos on April 22, 2015, the documents allege.”

NC:  UNREGISTERED LOBBYING ALLEGED.   CO.  “A well-connected Raleigh lobbyist has been the target of a confidential criminal investigation conducted by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office for more than a year, recently-unsealed court records show.”

NJ:  TALKING ETHICS.   NJ.  “If Kim Guadagno is elected governor, she’s promising ‘a new era of ethics and transparency,’ much like her boss, Chris Christie, did when elected in 2010.”

VA:  TRUST AND REFORM.  WP.  “For all his campaigning against big money in politics, Northam now seems all too happy to accept big money when it suits him.”


FEC move on disclaimers and more political law links

FEC MOVE ON DISCLAIMERS.   FEC.  “REG 2011-12 (Internet Communication Disclaimers). The Commission approved a motion to reopen the comment period for an additional period of 30 days.”

SEEKING COMMENT.   MCN.  “In the wake of revelations about Russia buying political ads on Facebook during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Federal Election Commission has reopened the comment period on the need for revising requirements for disclaimers on political communications placed for a fee on another person’s Web site.”

ADS PROMPT COMMENTS.   REU.  “Last week, Facebook said an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting social and political messages over a two-year period through May, fueling concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections.”

MUELLER AND ZUCK.   SLA.  “Folks at Facebook need to lean in and lawyer up. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal dream team is likely exploring whether the tech company has liability for political ads sold to a Russian firm. It’s time for Facebook to share what it knows.”

COMMISSIONER IN THE POST.  WP.  “It has been more than a decade since the commission has fully examined how best to regulate political spending on the Internet — an eternity in online years.”

FINANCIAL SERVICES LOBBYING.   BZ.  “The greatest decreases in lobbyist spending have come from securities and investment firms, finance and credit companies, credit unions and commercial banks.”

MI:  BILLS PASS.  WEMU.  “Super PACs wouldn’t be allowed to directly give money to candidates.  But, the groups could use the money to support candidates through things like mailers and TV commercials.”

NM:  DEFENDANTS DROPPED.   SFNM. “A New Mexico District Court judge on Friday dropped several individual defendants from a lawsuit stemming from state pay-to-play investment scandals that date back to former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.”

NY:  TIES EXAMINED.   TU.  “Subpoenas were issued by the office of the board’s chief enforcement counsel, Risa Sugarman, seeking documents concerning work done on behalf of the New York City-based Communication Workers of America District 1 and its outside spending group, New Yorkers Together. The subpoenas also seek records regarding several Democrats whom the group backed with heavy union spending, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.”