Political law links for April 24, 2017

BID DEBT.  IS.  “Conservative presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who earned more than 20 percent of the vote in Utah, is staring at a $670,000 debt from his campaign that could hurt plans to run for another office, according to a report.”

FAMILY PAY.   FB.  “Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) is slated to pay her daughter another $108,000 for running a lucrative campaign operation that pulls in hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle, FEC filings show.”

TECH LOBBY.  RC.  “Tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft focused some of their lobbying dollars in Washington over the past three months on combating President Donald Trump, as he eyed major changes to the U.S. tax code and imposed new restrictions on foreign immigrants.”

CA:  ETHICS ACTION.   PE.  “On Tuesday, April 18, the panel determined Councilman Jim Perry did not violate the code or the state’s open meetings law with his actions connected to the 2014 investigations of two council colleagues.”

FL:  ETHICS PUSH.  PBP.  “Florida’s ethics arbiters claimed their “independence” Friday in response to a legislative directive that put more restrictions on their operations, including out-of-state travel spending and hiring and firing of staff.”

IL:  PLEA IN CASE.   IP.  “A State Board of Elections hearing examiner hopes to issue a report May 15 about whether Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino violated an order to amend campaign expense reports detailing tens of thousands of dollars in payments to a bank and service station in his then legislative district.”

MI:  POSSIBLE INVESTIGATION.   NH.  “It might turn out to be much ado about nothing, but a complaint has been filed against Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars and his campaign for a possible violation of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.”

MO:  LOBBYIST LANDLORDS.  SLPD.  “According to a Post-Dispatch review, four members of the Legislature and one former deputy attorney general have rented sleeping space from lobbyists this year, compared with eight last year.”

VA:  CASH CLASH.  WP.  “One candidate takes money from an international activist group that doesn’t disclose the names of the overwhelming majority of its donors. The other takes money from Virginia’s biggest utility, which is also the top lobbyist in the state.”

VA:  REPORTING QUIRK.   IN.  “It did seem a little odd – a $40,000-plus in-kind donation from Peter Fallon to his own campaign for Arlington County Board – but turns out, there’s a simple explanation.”


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