12.14 political law links

WHAT JONES SPENT.  NW.  “Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win an Alabama Senate campaign in 25 years Tuesday night. The contest was incredibly tight, with polls predicting a close race, however, Jones was able to pull ahead at least partially due to his nearly $12 million in campaign funding.”

ADS UPDATE.   USAT.  “Political advertisements on Facebook would have to include disclosures showing who paid for them, under two draft legal opinions the nation’s federal election regulators are scheduled to take up this week.”

MILLENIAL DONORS.  CE.  “We are in the middle of a small-dollar donor crisis. Right now, campaigns are seeing more online donations than ever before. The money is great, but here’s the problem: The vast majority of online donors are over the age of 60. As a result, it’s safe to say the donor population is finite and aging.”

AIDE LANDS.   WE.  “The National Biodiesel Board announced Monday that Kurt Kovarik, a legislative director for Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, will join the group in the new year as vice president of federal affairs — that is, the top lobbyist.”

CA:  FINE AGREEMENT.   UD.  “Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, has agreed to pay a $2,000 fine in a settlement with the California Fair Political Practices Commission over a campaign finance violation that occurred during his 2016 campaign.”

CO:  GROUPS FILES CHALLENGE.   DP.  “Two conservative taxpayer advocacy groups filed suit Wednesday against Denver over campaign finance disclosure rules that they say will violate the privacy rights of their donors when the groups get involved in city elections.”

GA:  WAIVER ISSUED.   AJC.  “State Rep. Betty Price was granted a waiver from a $125 ethics fee by making a unique argument: that having her name placed on a public ethics commission list of officials who were late filing required campaign or financial reports was a political ‘hardship.'”

NM:  MEASURE WITHDRAWN.  SFNM.  “A controversial proposal that would have altered the city’s campaign code, removing a disclosure requirement for people and groups spending money on advertisements for ballot initiatives in municipal elections, is no more.”


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