3.22.18 political law links

AAN REACTION.   NLR.  “In a consequential decision, a federal court in Washington, D.C. concluded yesterday that all ‘electioneering communications’ presumptively count as political spending for purposes of determining whether a group should register as a political action committee and disclose its donors.”

AZ:  BALLOT TITLE ISSUE.  DS.  “Usually, fighting over ballots happens only after elections.   But this week, Jan Harnik, the Palm Desert City Council member running against incumbent Supervisor Manuel ‘Manny’ Perez, filed suit over the title by which Perez will be referred to on this year’s ballots.”

CA:  TARGETING INTERNET ADS.   DJ.  “The bill would require social media platforms to include a link labeled ‘Who funded this ad?’ next to text indicating the content is promoted or sponsored and profile pages for committees to display their top three contributors in the cover photo, which would be easily viewable once viewers click on the ‘Who funded this ad?’ link.”

CA:  DONATION QUESTIONS.   EBT.  “Fremont’s police union donated $10,000 to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s re-election campaign while her office investigated three officers’ actions in the fatal separate shootings of two people last year, campaign finance records show.”

ND:  PETITIONS OK.   USN.  “Supporters of changing the North Dakota constitution to include a sweeping government ethics overhaul can begin circulating petitions to try to bring the issue to voters.”

WI:  REFORM EFFORT.   CT.  “Petri, a Republican who represented the state’s 6th congressional district for 18 terms, is one of three Wisconsinites involved in Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus, a bipartisan group of nearly 200 former members of Congress and governors pushing for strengthened campaign finance regulations and a return to bipartisanship.”

FRA:  SARKOZY CHARGED.   BB.  “Prosecutors charged former French President Nicolas Sarkozy with accepting illegal campaign contributions from Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya before the 2007 French election, according to a person in a Paris prosecutor’s office familiar with the matter.”


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