Worker wins, mystery letters, and more political law links

WORKER WINS.   NRW.  “West Virginia worker Jeffrey Richmond finally has closure on a four-year legal battle in West Virginia that began with being forced to contribute to a union boss Political Action Committee and ended with being fired as retaliation.”

NEW PAC.   TIC.  “Amid a tumultuous week in Washington, D.C., Vice President Mike Pence quietly filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to form a new political action committee of his own.”

RULE G-37 Q&A.  “During last year’s election, one of the reps at my firm would hold campaign events in our office for a particular local candidate. Phone calls about the events came in through our main branch telephone and the rep directed staff to answer these calls. The compliance department found out and the rep was terminated. Can you clarify the rules addressing political activity in the office?

CA:  MYSTERY LETTER.   LAT.  “Offended, harassed, violated. Those are some of the words voters used to describe their reactions to a letter they received this week from a group calling itself the California Voter Awareness Project.”

CA:  FINE FOR MAILER.    RN.  “A local businessman faces a proposed $2,500 fine for violating state political finance rules during Lathrop’s mayoral campaign in 2014.”

CO:  NONPROFIT FINED.   CI.  “A state judge in Colorado has fined a nonprofit $23,000 for coordinating with local campaigns and not registering as a political committee.”

CT:  PUBLIC FINANCING DENIED.   HC.  “A state elections panel issued a draft ruling Wednesday that said the felony corruption convictions that sent Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim to federal prison for seven years bar him from getting any state public campaign financing to run for governor.”

NJ:  COMPLIANCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER.   L360.  This analysis discusses New Jersey’s “stringent, far-reaching and complex ‘pay to play’ laws.”

WY:  REFORM ON BALLOT?   Trib.  “Wyoming Promise members want an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would repeal a number of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have loosened limits on how much people and groups spend in races.”


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