12.14 political law links

QUESTIONS FOR PERDUE. SAL. “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) sent Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., a lengthy letter last week asking the embattled GOP incumbent to explain a number of apparent violations in his campaign contribution filings this year, including from a banking organization and a major pharmaceutical PAC.”

BACKLOG AWAITS. FUL. “The absence of that quorum has allowed 446 cases to gather dust on the enforcement docket — with three fifths of those stuck at the point in the process when the commissioners could review them.”

CANDIDATE SETTLES. FEC ADR 960. “Without a quorum, the Commission appears to be exercising its powers under a dubious legal theory,” according to this Covington alert.

CA: LIMITS SAME. SACB. “The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected a request to raise the campaign contribution limits for three county-wide elected offices that would have allowed them to raise as much as $25,000 from a single contributor in an election cycle.”

GA: DONATIONS SPOTLIGHT. 13WMAZ. “Some of the names and businesses listed on Anita Reynolds Howard’s campaign contribution reports are what you would typically see, like politicians, lawyers, and law firms in town, but when you take a closer look, you see some of the names are suspects and companies related to a racketeering and illegal gambling investigation conducted by current District Attorney David Cooke.”

MS: DISCLOSURE QUESTION. KSTP. “Yet, when Ellison asked lawmakers to review the contract last year, he did not disclose that one of the firms, Robins Kaplan, had been a longtime supporter of his career in public office.”


12.9 political law links

MYSTERY SOURCE. FNN. “A new Republican super political action committee, Peachtree PAC, is starting a $43 million TV ad campaign in Georgia on Wednesday, adding to the surge of money being poured into two Senate runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber and the trajectory of President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda.”

ONE CLAIM DISMISSED. FEC. “The Court noted that it is immaterial that the FEC has not conducted a further investigation, as an information-injury inquiry turns on the nature of the information that would be revealed, and no further information would be uncovered by additional investigation. The Court concluded that because of this, the Plaintiffs do not have standing to bring a FECA claim, and therefore dismissed that claim.”

LEARNING ABOUT MONEY. BC. “For fresh examples of why we need to reform our political system, look no further than the past 12 months.”

FAMILY PAID. FNN. “Karen Waters received a total of about $240,000 from her 82-year-old mother’s campaign during the election cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.”

PA: COORDINATION DENIED. INQ. “No one has accused Zaborney’s firm or RSLC of wrongdoing. But good-government and campaign-finance experts said the arrangement is another example of how weak state and federal campaign-finance rules — combined with meager oversight — create gray areas and loopholes.”

TN: FACING HEARINGS. DNJ. “Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron will face audit hearings in 2021 on campaign finance violation accusations, a state board decided Monday.”

TX: MAYOR FINED. DN. “The Texas Ethics Commission cited Williams for accepting contributions from two corporations and for not reporting the names and addresses of some individual campaign donors.”