9-28 political law links

ADS REVEALED.  ABC.  “Several anti-immigrant messages with an explicit pro-Trump slant are included among the 3,000 pieces of Russian-linked political content Facebook plans to turn over to Congressional investigators, ABC News has learned.”

REQUESTS TO TESTIFY.  GIZM.   “The House and Senate Intelligence Committees have asked executives from major tech companies to appear in open hearings tied to the committees’ Russia investigations. The requests follow a week in which Facebook, Google, and Twitter have faced intense scrutiny over foreign ad campaigns that sought to influence Americans during the 2016 election.”

NEW SCRUTINY FOR TWITTER.  NYT.  “In addition to Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans, the platform was also used for large-scale automated messaging, using ‘bot’ accounts to spread false stories and promote news articles about emails from Democratic operatives that had been obtained by Russian hackers.”

FACEBOOK RESPONDS.  CNN.   “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded directly to Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president claimed ‘Facebook was always anti-Trump.’”

AZ:  PAC ALLEGATIONS.  TUC.  “Former U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is accusing a super PAC with ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan of violating federal election rules when it recently opened an office in Tucson.”

CA:  PROPOSED ORDINANCE.  MCW.   “County Counsel Charles McKee presented a draft ordinance to the supervisors Sept. 19 that would have limited individual contributions to 2 percent of the county’s median income, as calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau. That median is $58,783, making today’s maximum political gift $1,175.66 under the proposed ordinance.”

MA:  BILL AIMED AT FOREIGN ADS.  WWLP.  “The state’s Joint Committee on Election Laws heard from the public on Wednesday regarding bills dealing with campaign finance. One bill would limit political spending by foreign-influenced corporations.”

MI:  FURTHER DEREGULATION.  OBS.  “A new law recently passed by the Michigan State Legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Snyder sets a statewide precedent in scaling back campaign finance laws.”

MO:  CHALLENGE TO LAW.  STL.  “Missouri’s new campaign finance rules are again being challenged, this time by the state’s largest business organization.”

UT:  APPEAL IN CASE.  USN.  “Jeremy Johnson is taking his long-running fraud case to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after he was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison last year.”


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