10.25 political law links

TWITTER’S NEW AD POLICY.  REC. “Twitter is promising major changes to its advertising policies, including new special distinctions for political ads, after learning earlier this year that Russia used its platform and other digital services like Facebook to try and influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

NEW POLICY.  TWITTER.  “In the coming weeks, we will launch an industry-leading transparency center that will offer everyone visibility into who is advertising on Twitter, details behind those ads, and tools to share your feedback with us.”

SKEPTICAL ON LAW.  HILL.  “Republicans and the advertising industry at a hearing Tuesday criticized proposals to expand disclosure rules on online political ads amid revelations Russian actors used social media platforms to influence the 2016 election.”

DISMISSAL SOUGHT.  IFS.  “Attorneys at the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) and a former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairman late yesterday asked a federal judge to dismiss the FEC’s case against John Swallow. The filing said Swallow broke no law and that the regulation cited in the complaint is illegal and violates the First Amendment.”  And congratulations to IFS on its new name and logo!

KID ROCK UPDATE.  BB.  “It’s official: Kid Rock is not running for Senate in Michigan.”

CA:  NOT GUILTY PLEA.  DN.  “Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded not guilty today to criminal charges for allegedly reimbursing nearly $25,000 to donors he listed on a campaign finance form.”

MT:  LIMITS LEGAL.  FB.  “Under the new limits, individuals and political action committees will be allowed to donate a maximum of $1,320 to a gubernatorial candidate in Montana while political parties will be allowed to donate $47,700. Those numbers will be adjusted for inflation before the 2020 elections. Limits are smaller for statewide races and legislative races.”

PA:  CONSULTANTS CHARGED.  PL.  ” Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia said Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones helped orchestrate an illegal $90,000 donation to the campaign of a rival candidate meant to induce him to drop out of the race.”

TX:  VIOLATION FOUND FOR ONLINE POSTS.  SM.  “Months after Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain misrepresented his identity online while supporting certain candidates for Lakeway City Council, the Texas Ethics Commission has found the mayor in violation of election code that requires transparency in political advertising and campaign communication.”

TX:  CHARGES DROPPED.  TT.  “Travis County prosecutors have dropped their criminal charges against state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, saying Monday that a felony case against the state lawmaker should never have been brought.”


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