3.26.18 political law links

CA:  FPPC CLASH AND CHANGE ON FUNDS.   LAT.  “The state’s five-member Fair Political Practices Commission is locked in a power struggle in which some part-time members, with support from attorneys representing candidates and elected officials, are proposing that Chairwoman Jodi Remke be required to share oversight power on budgets, court cases, hiring and policy…”

CA:  POTENTIAL FINE.  TS.  “California’s campaign finance watchdog wants to impose $36,500 in fines on a water district board member, in part for not closing a legal defense fund for his unsuccessful fight to serve on two elected bodies at the same time.”

CO:  COMPLAINT ON COMPLAINTS.  DP.  “Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is under investigation by a grand jury for how his office handled several campaign finance complaints, the Denver District Attorney’s Office has confirmed.”

NY:  ALLEGED BRIBERY.  NYT.  “A Long Island restaurateur testified under oath on Thursday that he steered tens of thousands of dollars to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns in return for favorable treatment by the city.”

WA:  CURBING COMPLAINTS.   HN.  “Lawmakers passed a bill overhauling how Washington enforces its campaign finance laws but the state’s top lawyer and largest daily newspapers contend it goes too far and want the governor to veto it.”


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