Political Law Links for Thursday, 2-23-17 are here

KS:  HIGHER LIMITS KILLED.  HPPR.  “House Bill 2011 would have doubled the amount that individuals, political parties and political action committees could donate to candidates in races for everything from the House and Senate to the governor. But the House voted it down 22-101.”

OK:  STATE SENATOR INVESTIGATION.  KFOR.  “The commission alleges Loveless filed campaign finance reports late, inaccurately, or not at all.”

OR:  LOBBYING DISCLOSURE.  WW.  “The city requires organizations to register as lobbyists within three days of spending at least eight hours lobbying or preparing to lobby city officials, even if the groups spend no money.”

VT:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE FORUM.  USN.  “A new joint committee formed to analyze the current state of Vermont’s campaign finance law is holding its first public forum.”

WI:  LIMITS IN WI.  NLR.  “All state and local candidates in Wisconsin must abide by source restrictions and contribution limits, in addition to registration, reporting and other regulatory requirements. Corporations, cooperatives, labor organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribes and independent expenditure committees may not contribute to candidates.”

WI:  SUPER PAC REPORTING.  WHBL.  “In fact, Super PACs are required to disclose their donors.”

AUSTRALIA:  REAL TIME DISCLOSURE.  BT.  “Real-time political donations for state government candidates and political parties will be online next month – but there is a catch.”


Good morning, here are Wednesday’s political law links

FEC DEPARTURE.   NRO.  “The 2016 election was, for anyone who had eyes to see it, the most dramatic repudiation possible of the false notion that big donors determine the fate of our candidates or our politics.”

SMALL DONOR SMASH.  WT.  “As a candidate, President Trump raised more money from small-dollar donors than former President Obama did in either of his two campaigns, according to a study released Tuesday that shows just how groundbreaking the Trump operation was.”

NEXT FOR THE FEC.  NLR.  “The statute requires four votes for all significant agency actions, and with three Republican and two Democratic commissioners remaining, all decisions will still require a bi-partisan consensus.”

VIOLATION ALLEGED.  CNN.  “Cause of Action’s letter said Weintraub, a Democratic member of the six-member commission, may be in violation of government ethics rules for making the statement as an FEC official and called on the agency’s watchdog to look into the matter. The FEC is tasked with regulating campaign finance, and Cause of Action’s letter said Weintraub could have stepped outside of her authority by commenting about voter fraud.”

COMMISSIONER ALLEGATION.  Hill.  “The FEC commissioner who asked President Trump to produce proof of his voter fraud claims on Tuesday said she will not be silenced by a watchdog’s attempt to investigate her for the request.”

BANK BOARD HIRING.  CO.  “The San Francisco-based bank’s independent directors have hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, one of Washington’s top lobbying shops whose client roster has included giants like Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s and FedEx.”

CO:  NEW ETHICS RULES.  DP.  “After months of haggling over details, Denver City Council members on Tuesday advanced an ethics proposal that would put a firm $300 annual limit on meals and event tickets from a single donor with a city interest.”

IA:  LOBBYIST STATUS QUESTIONED.  WT.  “A union official has filed a formal complaint challenging whether a lobbyist for a national conservative organization was registered properly for the first half of the legislative session.”

TX:  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.  TT.  “State Rep. Ron Reynolds marks an unusual anniversary Wednesday: one full year without filing a single campaign finance report.”

WA:  LET’S TRY VOUCHERS.  MP.  “In January, residents received four $25 vouchers, paid for with taxpayer funds, that they can give to their candidates of choice for offices such as city council.”


Tuesday’s political law links, here

CA:  BIRTHDAY PARTY ISSUES.  LAT.  “Under city rules, registered lobbyists are barred from offering or giving gifts to elected officials. They are also prohibited from giving them to other city officials — those who are not elected — if they are seeking to influence decisions in their agencies. City officials are also prohibited from accepting such donations, according to the Municipal Code.”

DE:  CHARGES REJECTED.  DPM.  “State elections officials say there’s no evidence of campaign finance fraud or collusion on the Democrats’ side with just over a week left to go before a special election.”

IL:  UBER-RELATED FINE.  CC.  “David Plouffe, the onetime campaign manager and adviser for former President Barack Obama, has been fined $90,000 by Chicago ethics officials for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber.”

MI:  DONATIONS UPDATE.  MPR.  “The Michigan Campaign Finance Network crunched the numbers and found Michigan’s largest PAC’s raised more than $48 million in 2015 and 2016. That’s an increase of seven million dollars over the previous record set in the 2008 presidential election.”

NJ:  FOX DIES.  NBC.  “Jamie Fox, one of New Jersey’s best-known political operatives who was under indictment by the U.S. attorney in an alleged shakedown involving the former Port Authority chairman, died Monday from a long-standing illness.”

NC:  GUILTY PLEA.  RAL.  “Former state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges related to an investigation into whether he improperly used money raised for his campaign for personal purposes, such as shoe repairs, paying a speeding tickets and magazine subscriptions.”

SD:  CONSIDERING REFORM.  MH. “The full state House is to consider a bill that aims to restrict the flow of out-of-state money into South Dakota ballot question campaigns. A House panel plans to take up a proposal Wednesday that would require more transparency from organizations that contribute $25,000 or more in a year to a ballot measure committee.”

VT:  ELECTION SETTLED.  VTD.  “The Vermont House of Representatives voted Wednesday night, after several hours of debate, to conduct a recount in a contested election between Progressive incumbent Susan Hatch Davis of Washington and Republican candidate Bob Frenier of Chelsea, who was previously declared the winner by a seven-vote margin and took his seat in the Legislature in January.”