2.19 political law links

PAYOFF CHARGE. WE. “President Trump accused former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg of trying to buy the presidency and claimed the billionaire was guilty of illegal campaign spending.”

COMPLAINT FILED. WP. “A campaign finance watchdog group has filed a complaint alleging that the presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg improperly coordinated with VoteVets, a super PAC supporting the campaign of the former mayor of South Bend, Ind.”

FUNDS REMAIN. FOR. “But no matter the scale of their fundraising, each candidate is bound by the rules of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) when it comes to spending their leftover campaign funds.”

NEW SUPER PAC. AXI. “A group of women progressives who back Sen. Elizabeth Warren has formed Persist PAC, a super PAC airing pro-Warren ads starting Wednesday in an effort to boost her performance ahead of Saturday’s crucial Nevada caucuses, a spokesman told Axios.”

CA: RISING SPENDING. EH. “With the Board of Supervisors race focused on the cannabis industry, past decisions that may have been influenced by it and other special interest groups, I’m wondering if voters are also just as concerned by campaign contributions to those in the Assembly District?”

MA: CAMPAIGN FINANCE DEBATE. ML. “kennedy argued that in 2010, the conservative Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission opened the floodgates for “dark money, unaccountable money, unaccountable donors and corporate interest to come in … to tilt our policies away from the voices that matter in this country: yours.'”


2.18 political law links

IS IT LEGAL? CNN. “Bloomberg could not GIVE Amy Klobuchar’s campaign $1 million if she were the Democratic nominee nor plot with her campaign about how to spend $1 million, because that would exceed the $2,800 general-election contribution limit.”

SHARPTON OWES. FBN. “Rev. Al Sharpton’s unsuccessful presidential campaign had nearly $1 million in debt at the end of 2019 ⁠— more than 15 years after his 2004 presidential bid.”

PAC BOOST. MP. “A week out from the Nevada Caucus, a group called Kitchen Table Conversations filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, with the stated goal of assisting Klobuchar in maintaining momentum after a third place finish in New Hampshire.”

GA: NO SUBPOENA. AJC. “A judge ruled in favor of Democrat Stacey Abrams’ 2018 campaign for governor Friday, denying a request from the Georgia ethics commission for more documents in an attempt to find campaign finance violations.”

MO: EX-GOV. FINED. HM. “State ethics regulators have fined the campaign of former Gov. Eric Greitens $178,000 over campaign finance violations dating to his upstart, outsider bid to become Missouri’s chief executive.”

ND: BILL CIRCULATING. NDF. “State Legislators received a bill draft that would eradicate dark money, and some say it would bring transparency to campaign finance laws.”


2.13 political law links

FEC IN DEFAULT. CREW v. FEC. Haven’t seen the FEC held in default like this before (see below). The complaint, made public on the FEC website, is apparently still open before the agency.

DO LIMITS WORK? STL. “In politics, money is like water. It finds a way.”

ID: DEADLINE EXTENDED. IP. “Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced this afternoon that the state is extending tonight’s campaign finance report filing deadline by a week.”

OH: COMPLAINT ON FUND USE. F19. “A Republican lawyer has filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against Democratic Cincinnati City Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard.”

OR: DROPPED OUT. KDRV. “One of the Democratic contenders for Oregon’s Secretary of State announced that she would suspend her campaign on Monday, making vague reference to a story about her use of campaign funds.”

PA: USING THE LAW. PE. “Liberals have been beating establishment Democrats with the help of outside groups that outspend the candidates themselves. And campaign finance reform is no longer the rallying cry it once was.”