12.14 political law links

WHAT JONES SPENT.  NW.  “Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate campaign in 25 years Tuesday night. The contest was incredibly tight, with polls predicting a close race, however, Jones was able to pull ahead at least partially due to his nearly $12 million in campaign funding.”

ADS UPDATE.   USAT.  “Political advertisements on Facebook would have to include disclosures showing who paid for them, under two draft legal opinions the nation’s federal election regulators are scheduled to take up this week.”

MILLENIAL DONORS.  CE.  “We are in the middle of a small-dollar donor crisis. Right now, campaigns are seeing more online donations than ever before. The money is great, but here’s the problem: The vast majority of online donors are over the age of 60. As a result, it’s safe to say the donor population is finite and aging.”

AIDE LANDS.   WE.  “The National Biodiesel Board announced Monday that Kurt Kovarik, a legislative director for Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, will join the group in the new year as vice president of federal affairs — that is, the top lobbyist.”

CA:  FINE AGREEMENT.   UD.  “Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine in a settlement with the California Fair Political Practices Commission over a campaign finance violation that occurred during his 2016 campaign.”

CO:  GROUPS FILES CHALLENGE.   DP.  “Two conservative taxpayer advocacy groups filed suit Wednesday against Denver over campaign finance disclosure rules that they say will violate the privacy rights of their donors when the groups get involved in city elections.”

GA:  WAIVER ISSUED.   AJC.  “State Rep. Betty Price was granted a waiver from a $125 ethics fee by making a unique argument: that having her name placed on a public ethics commission list of officials who were late filing required campaign or financial reports was a political ‘hardship.'”

NM:  MEASURE WITHDRAWN.  SFNM.  “A controversial proposal that would have altered the city’s campaign code, removing a disclosure requirement for people and groups spending money on advertisements for ballot initiatives in municipal elections, is no more.”


12.13 political law links

TOMORROW AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION. The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is here.

GUIDE UPDATE. Steven Sholk sends word that the updated version (large PDF) of his important article, “A Guide to Election Year Activities of Section 501(c)(3) Organizations,” has been published by Practising Law Institute as part of the course materials for the seminar, “Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings & Restructurings 2017.”

FAMILIAL LOBBYING. FB. “A Pennsylvania Democrat running for Congress failed to note while he criticized the involvement of corporate lobbyists in crafting the Republican tax reform bill that his father is a top lobbyist for PNC Financial Services Group, which lobbied both the House and Senate on tax reform.”

MD: FUND SMALL. MR. “There is enough money in the state public campaign fund for one candidate and one election in the 2018 gubernatorial election, according to the state campaign finance director.”

NJ: UPENDING THE LAW. OBS. “On Nov. 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that limits on individual contributions to candidates for a single election are constitutional.”

OR: OVERSEEING PUBLIC FINANCE. WW. “City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is poised to oversee the city’s public campaign finance program.”

WI: ETHICS CLASH. JSO. “The leaders of the state Ethics Commission from both parties asked Attorney General Brad Schimel on Tuesday to acknowledge they had fully cooperated with a leak investigation, but Schimel quickly declined to do so.”


12.12.17 political law links

ISP GIVING.  VERGE.  “The stakes are high. The internet now touches every town, every city, and every single one of us — whether we use it or not. Those who control the network control the future.”

FIRM LAUNCH.   AXIOS.   “Izzy Klein, a top communications aide for Schumer, and Matt Johnson, Cornyn’s former chief counsel, have worked on both sides of Capitol Hill across 12 committees and the Senate and House Leadership.”

CA:  DISCLOSURE FINE.   SDUT.  “Three years after his unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the National City Council, candidate Ken Seaton-Msemaji and his treasurer have been fined $5,000 by state elections regulators for failing to comply with California law.”

CT:  HIT WITH COMPLAINT.  CTP.  “A state labor organizer has filed an elections complaint against Mattei, a Democrat who last week transitioned from testing the waters for governor to a declared candidate for state attorney general.”

FL:  UBER BLITZ.   TD.  “Uber accelerated its lobbying push the same day Tallahassee city commissioners voted on new rules for the ride-sharing giant — and the company ended up getting much of what it wanted.”

MT:  ALLEGED PARTY VIOLATIONS.   USN.  “The Montana Democratic Party failed to identify the issues and candidates that benefited from its spending of about $375,000 on the 2016 general election, the state’s top election watchdog found.”