6.21.18 political law links

COORDINATION RULES.   POL.  “Coordination between campaigns and outside groups is illegal, though both parties’ election lawyers regularly give candidates a green light to evade that ban by sharing information in the public domain — for example, posting long YouTube clips clearly meant for use by friendly super PACs.”

AZ:  BRIBERY TRIAL.   ACT.  “Norton, the Pierces, and water utility owner George Johnson, whose company bears his name, are on trial in U.S. District Court in Phoenix in an alleged bribery and fraud scheme.”

CO:  VETTING COMPLAINTS.   DP. “After a federal judge ruled last week that significant portions of Colorado’s campaign finance complaint procedures are unconstitutional, state elections officials have adopted a new process…”

ID:  LATE REPORT.   IN.  “State superintendent Sherri Ybarra filed her campaign finance report Monday evening — four days late.”

MD:  SUPER PAC LAUNCH.   WP.  “An outside group supporting gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is pumping money into attack ads that focus on the education record of his chief rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.”

MA:  REPORTING ISSUE.   HN.  “The group that advocated for the building of a new B.M.C. Durfee High School has been cited by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance for failing to report expenditures related to their effort.”

NY:  NIXON REFORMS.   GG.  “Standing on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan, a symbol of corruption in New York government, Andrew Cuomo launched his run for governor eight years ago last month, vowing to clean up the rot in Albany.”

RI:  COMPLAINTS FILED.   PRO.  “Democratic Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, and a watchdog group have filed a complaint against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.”

WA:  GOOGLE SUSPENDS.   EG.  “Google has bowed to pressure from Washington state and will no longer run local election advertisements starting from today.”


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