What’s included in today’s Political Law Links?

SMITH ON DEPARTURE.  WE.  “The five FEC commissioners besides Ravel are all ‘acting commissioners’ whose terms have expired, but whose replacements were never nominated by President Obama. President Trump now has the opportunity to replace all six commissioners. Whoever is nominated should learn from Ravel’s experience.”

CA:  E-FILING AND DATA TECH EXEC.  SFPP.  “Founded in 1998, NetFile pioneered e-filing in California. Today, the privately held company based in Mariposa, outside Yosemite, has a staff of 12 and provides software and support to more than 150 local agencies around the state.”

MN:  COMPLAINT DISMISSED.  RFJ.  “An ethics complaint was brought last fall against Scott J. Nelson, town of Hudson. The complainant alleged that since Nelson serves on the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee and since his wife, Ericka, is the register in probate, the nepotism clause in the county’s board of ethics is violated.”

NH:  HIT WITH COMPLAINT.  WMUR.  ” The state Democratic Party has filed a campaign finance law complaint against Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, alleging that during his 2016 Republican primary campaign for governor, he spent $73,490 that could only have been legally spent on a general election campaign that never materialized.”

NY:  PICK FOR BOARD.  NYT.  “With the primary elections in New York City just six months away, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday selected the former top lawyer for the City University of New York as the chairman of the city’s Campaign Finance Board.”

SD:  A CLOSE LOOK AT BILL.  SDPB.  “Senate Bill 54 is a measure that’s meant to rework the state’s campaign finance requirements. The bill narrowly passed through committee and was also a close vote in the senate.”

TN:  COMPLAINT DROPPED.  TN.  “The ethics complaint against House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart has been dropped.”

WA:  STRICTER LOBBYING LAWS?   TCH.  “The PDC also found that the cost of establishing the link to the letter-writing campaign did not exceed $1,400 over three weeks — the amount that requires public disclosure.”


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