3.5.18 political law links

REPORT OF COMPLAINT.  PAT.  “Debbie Lesko, who just won a resounding victory in the Republican primary to replace former Rep. Trent Frank in Congress, now faces a second complaint with the Federal Election Commission.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROVISIONS.   WP.  “A handful of provisions tucked into a pair of must-pass bills under consideration in Congress this month could reshape the financing of political campaigns and give further cover to donors who want to keep their contributions private.”

CAMPAIGN PAYS.  NW.  “Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign agreed to pay a $14,500 fine to the Federal Election Commission last month after the agency ruled the independent’s 2016 presidential campaign had accepted an illegal contribution from the Australian Labor Party.”

CA:  OBSCURE COMMITTEE.   OCR.  “Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox is the latest Orange County politician to exploit a rarely used fundraising account to shelter large campaign donations – in her case a $10,000 contribution from a liberal political action committee.”

CA:  GIFT TRENDS.   LAT.  “New filings show lawmakers also were given bottles of champagne and whiskey, cigars, flowers, neckties and makeup in 2017, continuing a trend of gift-giving with few limits that has not slowed after the bribery scandals that sent former Sens. Leland Yee and Ron Calderon to prison.”

CA:  STRICT CALL RULES.   LAT.  “A federal district court judge ruled the other day that it’s constitutional for Montana to ban political robocalls, even though political consultants who had sued the state claimed their right to free speech had been violated.”

CT:  FINANCING EXPENSE.  COU.  “The crowded field for governor means it could be the costliest year yet for Connecticut’s public campaign finance program, intensifying criticism from Republicans who say taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used to fund political campaigns.”

PA:  GUILTY VERDICT.   MCC.  “A jury found Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski guilty Thursday on nearly all charges in his federal pay-to-play trial, meaning he will have to relinquish office after he is sentenced — a crushing end to a 12-year career at the helm of a long-distressed city in the midst of revival.”

TX:  IN-KIND IN THE NEWS.   DN.  “According to her last campaign finance report, Garza received $36,500 in monetary donations and $51,000 in in-kind donations, which are usually in the form of campaign advertising, polls or food and venue space for events.”


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