Floating reforms and other political law links for Thurs.

INVESTIGATION RECOMMENDATION.  WP.  “A congressional ethics panel said there is ‘substantial reason to believe’ Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), broke House rules by paying his departed chief of staff a three-month severance package in 2015.”

PAY TO PLAY IMPACT.  K&LGates.  “This article summarizes the four principal federal Pay-to-Play Rules currently in effect: Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 206(4)-5 (the “SEC Rule”); Municipal Securities Rule Making Board Rule G-37 (the “MSRB Rule”); Commodity Futures Trading Commission Regulation 23.451 (the “CFTC Rule”); and SEC Rule 15Fh-6 applicable to SBS dealers and major securities-based swap participants.”

CA:  KNOWN UNKNOWNS ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  SFPP.  “Two official city websites offer troves of campaign finance data for San Francisco elections: SF OpenData (data.sfgov.org) and the Ethics Commission (sfethics.org).”

CA:  FLOATING REFORMS.  SB.  “As Rep. Ami Bera’s father prepares for sentencing Thursday for election fraud, the candidate’s Republican challenger Scott Jones is proposing a set of campaign finance changes aimed at the Democratic incumbent.”

BFL:  REPEATED FINES.  MH.  “Filing campaign finance reports on time is one of Bullard’s items on the back burner: He’s been fined seven times, totaling $7,000, for filing campaign finance reports late since declaring his current state Senate candidacy in 2013. The next deadline to file is Friday.”

FL:  EXPENSIVE EMAILS.  MNT.  “Time to play a guessing game: How much would it cost Miami-Dade County officials to search for a week’s worth of emails from commissioners and then print those messages and hand them to someone?”

NY:  PUBLIC FINANCING AN ISSUE.  PS.  “Barkenhagen said a state public campaign finance system, similar to a system already in place in Maine, would bring more candidates into the political system and reduce the influence of political donors.”

TX:  TEC AND SPENDING.  TT.  “The proposed rule sets out to require political consultants to report their spending in the same way that candidates are required to do.”

TX:  STATE DISCLAIMER UPDATE.  TT.  “A political radio commercial without ‘I’m so-and-so and I paid for this message’ or ‘Political ad paid for by so-and-so’ is, for now, legal under state law.”

TX:  RADIO DISCLAIMER BATTLE.  RadioInk.  “It appears there’s a glitch in the state requiring every political ad on the radio to include the tag about who paid for the ad. Of course, as most managers know, the FCC will frown upon you if that isn’t done.”


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