10.29.18 political law links

SUPER PAC DONORS.   WP.  “Just 11 donors have injected $1 billion into U.S. political races in the past eight years through super PACs, the big-money entities that have given wealthy contributors a powerful way to influence elections.”

NEW LAUNCH.   TT.  “A new super PAC has formed to oppose U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election, and it is wasting little time, announcing a $1.2 million ad buy with less than two weeks until Election Day.”

DE:  COMPLAINT REJECTED.   DO.  “Two prominent Republicans seeking re-election next month did not violate Delaware campaign finance laws as alleged by the state Democratic Party, elections commissioner Elaine Manlove has ruled.”

IL:  LAW FIGHT.   CN.  “Illinois election rules lawfully prevent independent expenditure committees from contributing directly to candidates running for state offices, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, rejecting a Republican Super PAC’s First Amendment challenge.”

IL:  BREAKING RECORDS.  NPR.  “Democratic billionaire J.B. Pritzker has given his own campaign for Illinois governor more than any other self-financed candidate in U.S. history. An heir to the Hyatt franchise, Pritzker has given his campaign $161.5 million.”

OR:  IT PROBLEMS.   OL.  “Oregon elections officials say the state’s campaign finance reporting system had a problem earlier this week that caused it to stop processing transactions for just one campaign: Republican governor candidate Knute Buehler.”


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