Political law links for 7-12-17

STRETCH ON MEETING.  WP.  “Charlie Spies, a campaign finance lawyer at Clark Hill who advises GOP candidates and groups, said pondering such a case against Trump Jr. would be a stretch.”

EMAIL IN THE NEWS.   BI.  “Campaign legal experts on Tuesday said Donald Trump Jr.’s self-published email correspondence that arranged a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer in an attempt to get dirt on Hillary Clinton shows he violated a key campaign law.”

EISEN AND PAINTER.   NYT.  “As ethics lawyers, we have worked on political campaigns for decades and have never heard of an offer like this one.”

IN DEPTH ON LAW.  ATL.  “Rick Hasen, a University of California, Irvine, law professor who specializes in election law, wrote that the Goldstone email exchange was ‘pretty close to the smoking gun people were looking for.'”

MENG LETTER.   WE.  “A Democratic congresswoman from New York is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate President Trump’s 2016 campaign committee following revelations that Donald Trump Jr. was open to receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian source.”

LIABILITY QUESTION.   Hill.  “The two concluded by calling for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to continue uninhibited.”

ROCK FILING.   NW.  “The Fast & Furious star went a step further while hosting the season finale of Saturday Night Live in May, announcing his candidacy for 2020 in a skit. Oh, and his running mate? Tom Hanks.”

AZ:  EX-AG CLEARED.   USN.  “The top prosecutor in Cochise County on Wednesday cleared former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne of a finding that he violated campaign finance laws during his 2010 campaign.”

MD:  WAIT ON FINANCING.   MR.  “A bill recommending three amendments to Montgomery County’s public campaign finance law was introduced by the County Council Tuesday, the same day state election staff urged Montgomery County candidates to wait until Aug. 1 or later, to submit their applications for public campaign financing.”

NM:  WEIGHING RULE CHANGE.  DT.  “A new campaign finance rule proposed by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is touted as a measure that would increase transparency, but opponents have condemned it as an anti-free speech change that will hurt nonprofit organizations.”

SD:  BALLOT PUSH.   CJ.  “Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would replace a voter-imposed government ethics overhaul that South Dakota lawmakers repealed this year plan to start building support to put the amendment before voters in 2018, the sponsoring group said Tuesday.”

WA:  SEIU ACCUSED.   SPR.  “Washington’s Attorney General’s Office has filed a major campaign finance lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union. The lawsuit announced late Tuesday accuses SEIU’s State Council of making more than $5 million in unreported campaign contributions.”

WA:  COMPLAINT AGAINST UNION.   WAG.  “Washington law requires registration of a political committee when a person has the expectation of receiving contributions or making expenditures to support or oppose candidates or ballot propositions. The law requires these committees to regularly report information to the Public Disclosure Commission about sources of contributions, starting with those over $25. Political committees must also regularly report information about their activities, including expenditures, debts and in-kind contributions.”


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