Today’s political law links

LEGAL ATTACK.   HASEN.  “The Mueller indictment of 13 Russian nationals for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election offers a remarkably detailed account of a complex plot to sow discord and influence the presidential contest in favor of Donald Trump. The indictment critically points to something else, though: It provides a roadmap for the Russians to do it all again, without violating any current campaign finance laws the next time.”

TOUGH PROPOSAL.   SEL.  “The proposed FEC rule would require all text and display advertising to include the name of the sponsor in the ad (not merely a link) “in letters of sufficient size to be clearly readable.” This provision might be a source of objections from Google or Facebook.”

DUES PAYMENTS.   HILL.  “Eleven sitting lawmakers have used campaign funds to pay membership dues to the National Rifle Association (NRA).”

NEW CLAIM.   NW.  “Cohen also distanced Trump’s former campaign and his global company from any knowledge of the payment to Clifford.”

IL:  BREAKING RECORDS.   PRW.  “The March 20, 2018 Illinois gubernatorial primary is on track to become the most expensive in Illinois history, thanks to millions being put on the line by three billionaires.”

PA:  FINES INCREASED.   TL.  “Being late with their paperwork will cost state lobbyists more under a new law that takes effect in about two months.”

TX:  VIOLATION ALLEGED.   KVIA.  “According to the document, De La Torre and Torres-McLean ‘authorized the spending of public funds’ for a newsletter that advocated for the approval of a YISD bond measure … the newsletter was published in the fall of 2015 in advance of a November 9, 2015 YISD school bond election.”

WA:  STATE SUES.  SFC.   “A Washington attorney who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state Court of Appeals is facing allegations of campaign-finance violations.”


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