11.6 political law links

THE DNC AND THE CAMPAIGN.  POL.  “The funding arrangement with HFA and the victory fund agreement was not illegal, but it sure looked unethical. If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead.”

RYAN ON REPORT.   WE.  “House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Federal Election Commission should investigate revelations of an intricate funding agreement between the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which many experts claim tipped her primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders in favor of the former secretary of state.”

COMPLIANCE AND LOBBYISTS.   LAW.  “The questions primarily concern two areas: the scope of the activities covered under FARA and an exemption that allows lobbyists to instead report their activities under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, which demands less detailed disclosure.”

FARA NEED TO KNOW.   RS.  “This client alert summarizes what you need to know about FARA.”

UPDATED FARA HANDBOOK.   WR.  “Any person who engages in political activities on behalf of a foreign principal will likely be required to register under FARA.”

CA:  CITY CLEARED.   CBS.  “The Fair Political Practices Commission announced Thursday that it has closed an investigation into the city of Palm Springs and concluded that the city did not commit ethics violations in connection with a mailer sent to residents regarding next week’s election.”

ME:  FINE RECORD.   SFC.  “The Maine ethics commission has levied $500,000 in fines against the four committees behind a referendum that, if approved Nov. 7, would allow a casino in York County.”

OH:  SOCIAL MEDIA AND CAMPAIGNS.  JN.  “While these financial reports do provide insight, social media platforms have become more valuable in local level races, said Miami University Regionals political science professor John Forren.”

TX:  UNSPENT FUNDS.   TT.  “Straus, a powerful moderate Republican who has served as speaker for five terms, reported nearly $10 million in unspent campaign cash through June, according to a filing with the Texas Ethics Commission.”

TX:  COMMISSIONER CITED.   OAO.  “A news release announcing Greg Simmons’ decision to seek re-election was sent out Thursday, violating Texas Ethics Commission rules.”

UT:  DISQUALIFICATIONS AFTER NONFILING.   DH.  “Two candidates in the Cedar Hills mayoral and council races neglected to turn in their final campaign finance report and, by law, have been disqualified from the race.”

WA:  VOUCHERS UPHELD.   RG.  “A judge has upheld Seattle’s first-in-the-nation voucher system for publicly financing political campaigns as constitutional.”


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