Political law links

SPARED PRISON. NYT. “The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws.”

FAMILY SUPPORT. ADN. “The family of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has given another $300,000 to an independent group supporting Sullivan’s campaign, after donating more than $350,000 in advance of the Aug. 19 Republican Party primary.”

IE IN GRIMM RACE. SIlive.com. “A conservative Washington super PAC that gets major funding from labor unions and battles against Tea Party Republicans is making a $100,000 independent expenditure on behalf of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn), federal records show.”

SUPER PAC SUPPORT. WFB. “A Kansas City attorney with a lifelong history of supporting Democrats is using his own money and the support of a new super PAC to elect an “independent” Senate candidate who insists he will not be beholden to the Democratic Party.”

GOOGLE AND ALEC. Network World. “Weeks after more than 50 activist groups publicly called upon Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a controversial nonprofit that helps representatives from corporations meet privately with legislators, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt announced on an NPR program this week that the company has withdrawn its support.”

HI: DISCLOSURE COMPLAINT. Mauinow.com. “Political activist Karen Chun of Maui has filed a complaint with the Hawaiʻi Campaign Spending Commission alleging that the Hawaiʻi Carpenters Recovery Market Fund has violated state law by not disclosing the original source of their funds.”

ME: NUMBERS IN. Press Herald. “All three gubernatorial candidates posted strong fundraising numbers during the recent campaign filing period, but Republican incumbent Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud have a lot more money left to spend than independent Eliot Cutler as the race enters the home stretch.”

NYC: NEW PLATFORM. Capitalnewyork.com. “The New York City Campaign Finance Board plans to release an updated online campaign donation platform in mid-2015, board members testified before the City Council’s government operations committee hearing Monday.”


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