6.11.18 political law links

FARA OPINIONS RELEASED.   DOJ.  “The FARA Registration Unit has issued 49 advisory opinions since January 1, 2010, which are being posted on the FARA.gov website together with three other letters sent in response to requests for general information.”

OPINION ANNOUNCED.   FEC.  “The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order in Campaign Legal Center, et al. v. FEC (16-0752), granting the Commission’s and Intervenor-Defendants’ Motions for Summary Judgment and denying the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment. The Court concluded that the Commission’s dismissals of the administrative complaints at issue was not contrary to law.”

PARTIES ACCUSED.   NYP.  “Up to 40 state Democratic parties could be implicated in an alleged scheme to illegally funnel some $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report.”

SPENDING CONTINUES.   HP.  “Seven current or former members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet have spent almost $450,000 in political campaign funds since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to Federal Election Commission records.”

AR:  PLEA DEAL.   AO.  “A $1 million state grant went to lobbyist Milton ‘Rusty’ Cranford’s biggest client in 2013. The same year the legislator behind the grant, then-state Sen. Jon Woods, got to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play in the World Series compliments of that client.”

IL:  USE OF FUNDS.   DJ.  “Through her campaign account, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson has paid herself a salary and part of the rent for an apartment in downtown Springfield.”

IL:  PACS PICK.   DD.  “Political action committees have created huge funding disparities in local state House campaigns.”

MT:  EXECUTIVE ORDER.   MTPR.  “Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order today aimed at reforming dark money campaign contributions.”

NY:  ILLEGAL DEAL.    ATU.  “A fundraising agreement between a statewide third party and the state Senate’s now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference has been deemed invalid by a state Supreme Court justice.”

TX:  DISCLOSURE NO BRAINER.   MSA.  “The public has a right to easily know sources of support for candidates. It can be telling if a particular industry — real estate developers, medical professionals, attorneys, public safety workers, etc. — has shown significant support for a candidate. That support could be viewed, rightfully, as influence.”


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