No ducking today’s political law links

DUCK LINK.  DM.  “Hillary Clinton personally ordered a consultant to use a nonprofit group to troll the Trump campaign with a ‘Donald Duck’ mascot, according to the Democratic operatives who say they arranged it with a nonprofit organization.”

FUNDRAISING ISSUE.  UKT.  “Senior figures involved with the Great America PAC, one of the leading ‘independent’ groups organising television advertisements and grassroots support for the Republican nominee, sought to channel $2 million from a Chinese donor into the campaign to elect the billionaire despite laws prohibiting donations from foreigners.”

FUNDRAISING ISSUE II.  NYT.  “[T] the video does not show how the reporters identified themselves and reflects only snippets of the reporters’ conversations with Mr. Benton, making it difficult to verify exactly what Mr. Benton had offered or whether any laws were broken.”

SCHOCK CIVIL PENALTY.  CT.  “Former Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty from the Federal Election Commission after he asked a top GOP official for a $25,000 contribution to help another Illinois Republican, documents released Monday show.”

IL:  CUBS PULL TICKETS.  CST.  “To the delight of the newly-appointed Ethics Board chairman and the disdain of the City Council, the Cubs have pulled the lucrative offer to let aldermen purchase tickets at face value for the third, fourth and fifth games of the Series.”

MT:  COMMISSIONER CITED.  MTS.  “Montana’s commissioner of political practices has cited Madison County Commissioner Dave Schulz for a second campaign-finance violation in his bid for re-election this year.”

NC:  SOCIAL WELFARE ISSUE.  NO.  “An ethics watchdog group on Monday asked the federal government to investigate a super PAC, the Government Integrity Fund, claiming the group had violated its tax-exempt status as a ‘social welfare’ group by taking ‘extraordinary steps’ to disguise its work as a political group.”

OR:  REFORM ON THE BALLOT.  ORL.  “Oregon is one of six states without limits on campaign contributions. Measure 26-184 would change that, at least in Multnomah County races.”

SC:  PANEL TO DECIDE.  PC.  “Retiring state Sen. Ray Cleary of Murrells Inlet admits that campaign finance reports filed on his behalf contained insufficient details but contends they were not deceitful.”

VA:  DONATION QUESTIONS.  WSJ.  “The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.”


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