Good morn., here are today’s political law links – Tues., 6-7

P/G FUNDS.  LAT.  “When a candidate is running for a seat in Congress they raise money to fund two different elections: first the primary and, if they make it, the general election.  A single campaign contributor can give a maximum donation of $2,700 toward each one of those elections.”

VAN HOLLEN SPARS.  BaltSun.  “Republican Senate nominee Kathy Szeliga, a state lawmaker from Baltimore County, has scheduled a fundraiser tonight in Carroll County with David Bossie, who helped to orchestrate the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed nonprofits to spend unlimited money on elections.”

SLOW TO DISCLOSE.  NBC.  “Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which Congress passed in 1938 out of concern about the spread of propaganda, lobbyists are supposed to notify the Justice Department within 10 days of agreeing to represent a foreign entity.”

FIRM’S LOBBYING SPENDING.  WFB.  “Venezuela’s state-owned oil company has spent millions since 2014 lobbying against U.S. sanctions, an effort that produced at least one notable win when a Democratic senator quietly insulated the company’s U.S. arm from those sanctions, public records show.”

CA:  CALL TO LIFT LIMITS.  F&H.  “The idea that others besides the responsible parties, the candidate and her or his team, have the greatest impact on a campaign is what’s eating at the foundation of democracy.”

FL:  MOVE TO CHANGE RULES.  TB.  “When the Legislature reorganizes every two years, one of its first (and often overlooked) acts is to adopt a set of rules, in an up-and-down vote by the 120 members during a one-day, feel-good organizational session set for Nov. 22, two weeks after America elects a new president. The rules govern day-to-day operations, from filing and amending bills to the conduct of lawmakers and lobbyists.”

FL:  BONDI QUESTION$.  FP.  “The money came from a Trump family foundation in apparent violation of rules surrounding political activities by charities. A political group backing Bondi’s re-election, called And Justice for All, reported receiving the check Sept. 17, 2013 – four days after Bondi publicly announced she was considering joining a New York state probe of Trump University’s activities.”

FL:  FRAUD CASE DROPPED.  ABC.  “Florida’s attorney general personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump around the same time her office deliberated joining an investigation of alleged fraud at Trump University and its affiliates.”

MO:  COMPLAINTS FILED.  ABC17.  “Another complaint is filed in the Republican race for Missouri attorney general against candidate Josh Hawley.”

EU:  TRANSPARENCY URGED.  EuroNews.  “Brussels lobbyists have taken the unusual step of admitting the openness around how the seek to influence EU decision-making is neither credible nor robust.”


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