Thurs. political law links

VERITAS COMPLAINT FILED.  WJ.  “The Federal Elections Commission has been asked to investigate accusations made in a series of undercover videos that show Democrat operatives explaining how they are trying to influence the presidential election by manipulating the vote.”

TECH LOBBYING SPENDING.  EG.  “Bloomberg has determined that the five largest tech firms in the US (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) spent more than twice as much on lobbying in 2015 as the five largest banks — $49 million versus $19.7 million.”

DINNER UPDATE.  LN.  “American Horizons reported raising about $1 million since it started in June, with 75 percent of that coming in just the last three months. How much was spent backing the Republican candidate? A whopping $12,000 for ‘online voter contact.'”

DISCLOSURE AND RULES.  HP.  “As of Sept. 9 — 60 days before the election — the Federal Election Commission’s reporting ‘window’ opened, meaning spending on all ads that mention candidates has to be divulged to the agency.  Before that date, only ads explicitly calling on viewers to vote for or against a candidate had to be reported.”

CO:  BALLOT COMMITTEE ALLEGATIONS.  WW.  “The tension between the two groups is intensifying. The “No on 200″ group is accusing Citizens for a Healthy Pueblo of violating campaign-finance law through direct-mail brochures.”

KY:  SUPER PAC DONORS.  CJ.  “Thanks to huge contributions from teachers unions and labor unions, a Democratic super PAC called Kentucky Family Values reported this week it has raised more than $2.4 million between last spring’s primary elections and Oct. 7.”

MD:  POSSIBLE INQUIRY INTO TIES.  BS.  “A panel of state lawmakers were scheduled to debate Wednesday whether to open a formal ethics inquiry into Del. Dan K. Morhaim and his ties to the medical marijuana industry he helped create.”

NY:  BOARD CHIEF RESIGNING.  NYDN.  “The head of the city’s Campaign Finance Board will quit the post at the end of the year, leaving the job empty ahead of 2017’s citywide elections, she said Wednesday.”


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