9.19.18 political law links

STAY VACATED.   FEC.  “The United States Supreme Court today lifted the Chief Justice’s stay of the order of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in CREW v. FEC (Case No. 16-0259).”

DISCLOSURE EXPANSION.   INSIDEPOLITICALLAW.  “In a startling turn of events that will alter election spending decisions in the run-up to the general election, and after, the Supreme Court reversed a temporary stay issued by Justice Roberts on Friday, and left in place a district court decision that dramatically increased the disclosure obligations for entities spending on public communications that encourage people to vote for or against specific candidates.”

SUPER PACS SPEND.  HILL.  “Super PACs funded by some of the nation’s richest people are pouring tens of millions of dollars into the midterm elections, outpacing even the party committees that were once the biggest spenders in the field.”

PROJECT VERITAS AND HATCH ACT.  WT.  “A State Department spokesperson said, ‘I can confirm that Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter.'”

CU AND THE LAW.   WKMS.  “The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, enacted in March 2002, aimed to limit the amount of financial support interest groups and national political parties could provide to a specific campaign. In 2010, a historic court ruling overturned the reform act. Dr. Kevin Qualls, associate professor in MSU’s Department of Mass Communications and Journalism, visits Sounds Good to talk about the significant change created in campaign finance law.”

CO:  VIOLATIONS ALLEGED.  CPR.  “A group seeking to elect unaffiliated candidates in Colorado and across the country is facing a campaign finance complaint.”

IL:  REPORT TYPO.   SD.  “A local Republican candidate got an important reminder this week that the internet is fast, and the internet is forever. State Senate candidate Seth McMillan found this out the hard way after a typo in his A-1 campaign contribution filings. Shelly Grigoroff was reportedly paid $1,207,325 for work she had done. In reality, she was paid just $1,207.25.”

MD:  ALLEGATIONS RAISED.   WP.  “A Gaithersburg resident has filed a complaint with the state elections board, alleging a candidate for Montgomery County executive violated campaign finance laws when her campaign committee accepted multiple corporate donations from entities sharing the same addresses.”

NH:  PUBLIC FINANCING MOVE.   WMUR.  “Lawmakers in New Hampshire are planning to file a bill next year to create a new public campaign finance system.”


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