Super PACs, Russia, and more political law links

FEC:  FOREIGN NATIONAL UPDATE.   FEC.  “The FEC often receives questions about the rules governing foreign nationals’ participation in U.S. elections.”

FEC:  TIP — FILE YOUR REPORT.   FEC.  “Campaign committees (except monthly filing Presidential campaigns) have a report due Saturday, July 15, covering activity after the closing date of their last report through June 30. (Quarterly filing PACs and party committees file on a semi-annual basis in non-election years and must file their reports by July 31.)”

TESTER TACKLES.  MIS.  “U.S. Sen. Jon Tester condemned dark money donations and Russian election interference during a panel discussion at the University of Montana Friday.”

SUPER PAC WORKING.  WE.  “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is accelerating his campaign to defeat Rep. Mo Brooks in a special Senate election in Alabama.”

ELECTION LAW NO FIRM SAY.   WSJ.  “Election-law experts say it is far from clear whether Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer crossed a legal line.”

TRUMP JR. AND THE LAW.   HP.  “Campaign finance laws specifically prohibit political candidates and their associates from soliciting or receiving anything of value to benefit their campaign from foreigners.”

DANGER ON MEETING.   Politico.  “Donald Trump Jr. is in a legal danger zone following his acknowledgment that he met during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who offered to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton.”

WHO TOLD WHAT.   NYT.  “Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”

BAUER:  POTENTIAL CRIMINAL CASE.  JS.  “There are a host of questions still to be answered about the reported Trump campaign contacts. But the most recent press accounts are especially significant because they include specific statements on the record conceding the Trump campaign’s expressed interest in what the Russians could provide.”

DC:  PROPOSED PAY TO PLAY RULE.   WP.  “Representatives of D.C. business organizations on Monday argued against proposed limits on political donations by companies that do business with the District, saying widespread suspicions that contractors have undue influence at city hall are unwarranted.”

NC:  INVITE ISSUES.   WRAL.  “Current lobbyist and former state Rep. Mike Hager is ‘co-hosting’ a fundraiser for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, but says he hasn’t broken the state law against political contributions by lobbyists.”


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