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BUYING VOTES AND QUID PRO QUO ALLEGED.   HILL.  “‘This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws,’ Collins said. ‘They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, two million plus dollars is going to go to my opponent.'”

SENATOR SECURITY ASK.   BB.  “Citing Russian hacking in the 2016 election and ongoing cyber threats, Senator Ron Wyden asked the Federal Election Commission if campaign funds could be used to protect personal devices and online accounts of members of Congress.”

TRIAL SET.   HR.  “As expected, the public corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock will not occur in January.  Rather, it appears the trial could take place in the early summer of 2019 according to Mark Hubbard, a spokesman for Schock.”

EAC PICK.   WH.  “Benjamin Hovland of Maryland, to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for the remainder of a four-year term expiring December 12, 2019.  Mr. Hovland currently serves as Acting Chief Counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Previously, he worked as the Deputy General Counsel for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.”

KY:  COSTS PAID.   FK.  “After apologizing and covering the expenses incurred during a recent campaign finance law violation, state Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, hopes to put the issue behind him.”

TX:  CANDIDATE FINED.   DN.  “The Texas Ethics Commission has fined Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lupe Valdez $1,000 for correcting a report about her primary campaign’s finances four months after the March election.”

TX:  SIGNS BREAK LAWS.   DRC.  “Political signs are allowed on public property only if it’s a polling location and only once voting for the election has started. Early voting will not start at the Civic Center until Oct. 22.”

TX:  FUNDING FOR (C)(4).  DN.  “Huffines, R-Dallas, gave the American Liberty Network $150,000 in January, the only donation from a politician it received all year, according to ethics filings. Soon after, the group’s Texas chapter sent mailers and made robocalls attacking Paxton and her husband, Attorney General Ken Paxton.”


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