3.19.18 political law links

TWO BARRED.   IN.  “The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Gregg Z. Schonhorn of Short Hills, N.J., and Deborah Kelley of Piedmont, Calif., for their role in a ‘pay-to-play’ arrangement involving the New York State Common Retirement Fund that netted the registered representatives millions of dollars in trading commissions.”

AZ:  TRAINING OFFERED.   PN.  “Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office will conduct two campaign finance trainings in Phoenix on April 4 and April 5. The next campaign finance report is due Monday, April 16.”

CA:  REFORM EFFORT.   MH. “In the wake of increasingly expensive county supervisorial races over the past decade or so, work has started on a once-dormant Monterey County campaign finance reform effort aimed at establishing contribution limits or even a spending cap for all county elected officials.”

ID:  MAJOR REFORM.   SM. “Overall, the measure requires more frequent and more detailed campaign finance reporting, extends reporting requirements to local elections, and requires entities doing independent campaign expenditures and out-of-state entities donating large sums to Idaho PACs or candidates to identify the source of the money.”

IL:  SELF-FUNDER.  SJR.  “Prior to hitting the parade route along Columbus Drive, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker defended putting another $6.3 million of his fortune into his campaign, a move he disclosed Friday night. It brought the record-setting, self-funding total of the billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune to $69.5 million.”

IL:  DONATION TIMING.   CST.  “More than a dozen employees of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office and their family members made campaign contributions to Brown within six months of getting a promotion and pay raise, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.”

TX:  FINE AFTER CASE.   KSAT.  “The Texas Ethics Commission fined state Sen. Carlos Uresti $500 after he was found guilty in a Ponzi scheme.”

TX:  SUIT TO STOP.   FWT.  “A Tea Party group known for waging aggressive campaigns against establishment Republicans is suing in federal court to prohibit criminal investigations into the strategy it used to attack state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, in the GOP primary.”


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