9.12 political law links

MATTER EXTENDED.  WE.  “The House Ethics Committee is extending a probe into whether the non-voting delegate representing Guam ‘received profit’ from the Japanese government, used staff and resources for unauthorized purposes, and received free gifts and lodging in violation of House rules.”

STAFF DEPARTURE.   RC.  “California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Chief of Staff Joe Kasper is leaving his office amid the investigation into the Republican’s use of campaign funds.”

CA:  FINE FOR REPORT.    OCR.  “California’s political watchdog agency plans to fine Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas $21,000 for failing to promptly file state-mandated forms that give details on some of his work to raise money for a nonprofit that prevents gang membership.”

MA:  LARGEST PENALTY.   BG.  “A wealthy New York organization that poured $15 million into last year’s unsuccessful ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachusetts was hit Monday with the largest fine in state campaign history after officials found the group was illegally hiding the identities of its donors.”

MA:  BAKER GOAL.   BG.  “Governor Charlie Baker’s political team told its top fundraisers in May that the goal for the summer was to have $10 million on hand come September — a deep warchest for his all-but-declared 2018 re-election bid.”

NY:  STAND BY YOUR AD.   NYDN.  “The 30-second television spot, which features the Staten Island assemblywoman and Republican mayoral candidate in a boxing gym, lacks a spoken disclosure saying who paid for the ad — required by the city’s campaign finance laws and regulations.”

NY:  DISCLOSURE IN MANHATTAN.   LD.  “The contentious campaign found its way onto the pages of the New York Post this past summer after a local activist with Grand Street Democrats filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections, asserting that the Truman Club has,’not registered with the state and has not submitted financial disclosure statements for at least 18 years.'”

SD:  MONEY VENTING.   AL.  “The Government Accountability Task Force is scheduled to accept testimony as it considers changing the laws that dictate how much candidates can take in and how they have to disclose it to the public.”

TX:  SOROS WARNING.  PF.  “If Soros, who also didn’t respond to requests for comment, is gearing up to sway the 2018 Texas elections, records suggest he’ll be doing so for the first time.”


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