10.31 political law links

126 MILLION REACHED.  NYT.  “Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared remarks from the companies that were obtained by The New York Times.”

CLEAR LAW URGED.  BB.  “The Internet Association, a Washington-based group with members that include Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., is advising lawmakers to clarify the responsibility of advertising platforms ahead of the companies’ testimony to Congress on the extent of Russian influence on their networks.”

SENTENCE IN CASE.  CN.  “A wealthy Mexican businessman was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Friday, more than a year after being convicted of funneling than $561,000 to political candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race.”

FARA COMPLIANCE.  POL.  “The Manafort indictment may lead firms to think twice before playing fast and loose with registering.”

KS: MONEY RACE.  CJ.  “Topeka mayoral candidate Michelle De La Isla’s campaign brought in more than twice as much in donations over the past three months as that of her opponent, Spencer Duncan.”

ME:  CASE CONTINUES.  PH.  “The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Monday unanimously rejected a request to postpone any potential action against backers of the York County casino referendum until after the election next week.”

MT:  STATE CRUSADE.  GOV.  “Montana has spent more than a hundred years trying to keep a lid on campaign contributions. It is still trying. Whether it succeeds could have repercussions around the country.”

NM:  THIRD COMPLAINT.  AJ.  “State Auditor and Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller is facing a third campaign finance ethics complaint, this one alleging that he failed to report debts or expenditures for the attorneys that have been helping his campaign address the other two ethics complaints filed against him.”

NY:  INVESTIGATION SOUGHT.  ND.  “The Nassau County Democratic Committee’s lawyer is asking the state Board of Elections to investigate a super PAC that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking Democratic county executive candidate Laura Curran and supporting her GOP opponent, Jack Martins.”

WA:  FINE PAID.  NT.  “Pierce County Democrats will pay more than $22,600 in fines and legal fees for breaking campaign-finance laws by repeatedly failing to properly report donations and spending over the course of three years.”


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