Political Law Links for 5/9/17

SEC SETTLEMENT.   LR.  “Robert Crowe, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, has agreed to pay $95,000 to settle a lawsuit issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).”

FINE DELAY SOUGHT.   BNA.  “Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, who along with her campaign committee was ordered pay more than $30,000 for violating laws barring personal use of campaign money, has asked a federal judge for more time to decide whether to appeal or file additional motions.”

NM:  RULES NARROWED.   SFNM.  “New Mexico’s top election official says candidates for state offices, such as House and Senate seats, governor and attorney general, are now prohibited from contributing funds from their own campaigns to people running for local offices. The policy, coming about one year before a mayoral election in Santa Fe, is not a change in state law but a new interpretation of existing law.

NY:  LIMIT FUND USE.   LI.  “Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D – Glen Cove) has introduced legislation (A5832) that will prevent the use of campaign funds to pay for any costs associated with a criminal defense in a federal indictment case including attorney fees.”

PA:  ERIE ISSUE.   GE.  “Republican candidate for Erie mayor Jon Whaley failed to file campaign finance reports at the Erie County Courthouse by the Friday deadline, opening himself up to a small fine and preventing members of the public from scrutinizing how he has spent campaign funds.”

PA:  POTENTIAL INVESTIGATION.   PL.  “State Rep. Brian Sims, the outspoken Philadelphia Democrat who’s made headlines for his high-profile tangles with House conservatives, is reportedly the target of an investigation by the state Ethics Commission for speaking fees and the travel costs he’s been reimbursed during his time in office.”

VA:  CALL FOR REFORM.  RTD.  “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph S. Northam called Monday for a major tightening of Virginia’s lax campaign finance laws that would ban all donations from corporations and businesses and impose a $10,000 cap on all donors except party committees.”

WA:  CALL FOR REFORM ON SURPLUS FUNDS.  TCH.  “We’d like to see the rule changed to allow the money to only be used for subsequent campaigns or donated to charity. That would keep things neat and tidy, and remove questions about restaurant tabs and laundry from the equation.”


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