1.8.18 political law links

PAY TO PLAY LOOK.  FN.   “The Justice Department has launched another investigation into allegations the Clinton Foundation used ‘pay to play’ politics while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, Fox News has confirmed.”

FOCUS ON GOVERNORS ASSOCIATIONS.   WSJ.  “U.S. companies have found a loophole in state campaign-finance rules by funneling donations aimed at helping candidates through the RGA and its Democratic counterpart, according to multiple former officials.”

CA:  GROUP NOT A COMMITTEE.  LAT.   “The California Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, recently determined that a resident group that was in opposition of Measure B, which paved the way for a new terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport, did not qualify as a campaign committee during the November 2016 election.”

CA:  UNION FINED.   EGC.  “The Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA) has a political action committee that reportedly failed to file campaign documents by deadline during the 2016 election year.”

DC:  AT ODDS ON PUBLIC FINANCING.   WP.  “Pitting herself against good-government advocates and members of the D.C. Council, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Friday that she will not fund a public finance program for local elections.”

MA:  NONPROFIT PENALTY.   BH.  “A Lynnfield nonprofit with ties to Bay State Republicans funneled more than $1.1 million into two failed ballot questions backed by Gov. Charlie Baker without disclosing its donors, which included former Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign committee, officials said today.”

MI:  $50 FINE.   MD.    “The state fined Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis $50 in connection with a complaint he violated the state campaign finance law for underpaying for use of the township cable TV station for campaigning.”

TX:  FINE FOR NEWSLETTER.   EPT.  “YISD Superindent Xavier de La Torre and former board President Patricia McClean have been fined by the Texas Ethics Commission for using district funds to produce a newsletter the agency says contained political advertising supporting a proposed bond.”

WA:  TRANSPARENCY URGED.   SR.    “The Fair Elections Ordinance, with support from groups like the League of Women Voters, is a Spokane effort to strengthen democracy and bring transparency back to local elections, thus empowering Spokane voters to make informed choices.”

WI:  ORWELL AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   NYP.  “Law-abiding citizens were exercising their free-speech rights. But that was enough for Big Brother thugs to compile a secret dossier on all aspects of their lives.”


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