5.7 political law links

DONATIONS AND LIMITS.   NYP.  “Rosie O’Donnell made illegally over-sized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, according to a Post analysis of campaign filings.”

FEC HIT.   FN.  “The Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee allegedly used state chapters as strawmen to launder as much as $84 million in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits, and the Federal Election Commission ignored complaints exposing the practice, a lawsuit filed Monday claims.”

CHURCH POLITICS.   WSJ.  “Political activism is reshaping what it means to go to mainline Protestant churches in the Trump era, with tensions bubbling between parishioners who believe church should be a force for political change, and those who believe it should be a haven for spiritual renewal.”

CANADIAN INTERNET DISCLAIMERS.   WP.  “Under the proposed reforms, foreign entities would be banned from spending money to influence elections when previously they could spend up to 500 Canadian dollars. Third parties would be barred from working with other organizations to flout the rules on foreign spending. Ads from political parties or third parties would have to carry ‘identifying taglines.’ And organizations that sell advertising space, such as social media companies, would be prohibited from ‘knowingly’ accepting election ads from foreign entities.”

BOXER SUPER PAC UPDATE.   DS.  “In between rolling out attack ads on Republicans and fine tuning her Twitter posts, Boxer’s PAC has spent liberally on luxury hotels and car services – what she refers to as necessary fundraising expenses.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW IN SPOTLIGHT.   NPR.  “NPR’s Scott Simon asks campaign finance consultant Matthew Sanderson about the legal issues facing President Trump in regards to payments made to Stormy Daniels.”

CLAIMS ON LAW.   CBS.  “Rudy Giuliani appeared Saturday on Fox News’ ‘Justice with Judge Jeanine,’ insisting that President Trump did not violate any campaign finance laws.”

EXPLAINER ON ISSUES.   NYT.  “Recent history suggests that it can be tricky to prove that the motive behind such a payment was political rather than personal.”

MA:  UPDATE ON FIRM CASE.   BG.  “Thornton Law Firm didn’t violate state campaign finance laws when it reimbursed its partners for up to $175,000 in donations to state and local politicians, a special prosecutor said Wednesday.”


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