National Political Law Links, 6-7

TOMORROW AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.   The agenda for tomorrow’s scheduled meeting is here.

SUPER PAC UP.  WT.  “Jumping into the fray, a pro-Trump super PAC is preparing ads accusing Mr. Comey of putting politics above the country. The ads will first run digitally, then on national TV the day of the hearing.”

GROUND GAME.  LAT.  “Super PACs traditionally pay for many of the political ads that flood the airwaves, but after the 2016 election, the Congressional Leadership Fund looked for new ways to play a role, said Corry Bliss, executive director of both groups.”

PROFITS DONATED.   DC.  “The Trump Organization says that at the end of the year, it will donate the profits it accrued from $270,000 in payments made this year by a lobbyist working for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

CA:  PARTY FUNDS.   OCR.  “Just in case anyone wonders what the real issue was in the very close race between Eric Bauman and Kimberly Ellis over who would become the next chairperson of the California Democratic Party, it was money.”

MO:  YOU NEED TO KNOW.  MT.  “So what are some of the most significant changes Missouri campaigns will need to consider as they ramp up fundraising efforts ahead of the 2018 election? Here are a few of the most basic rules that will go into effect June 20 in accordance with Smith’s ruling.”

NH:  LAW ENFORCEMENT QUESTIONED.   UL.  “Not only do we not have a robust enforcement of campaign finance laws, what little enforcement we have only occurs when a private citizen, or another campaign, complains to the attorney general.”

VA:  CASH EDGE.  WP.  “Perriello, who has drawn far more national attention and is backed by prominent out-of-state Democrats including U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, is heavily reliant on out-of-state super donors. Billionaire investors George Soros and Donald Sussman have given $500,000 and $300,000, respectively.”

AUSTRAILIA:  FOREIGN FUNDS QUESTIONS.   NYT.  “As the United States investigates Russia’s efforts to sway last year’s presidential election, Australia is engaged in a heated debate over how vulnerable its own political system is to foreign influence — and whether China is already meddling in it.”


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