11.5.18 political law links

WHERE THE MONEY’S GOING.   WP.  “Super PACs, party committees and other political groups spent $1 billion through Nov. 2, 2018 on independent advertising and voter contact efforts aimed at influencing the Nov. 6 midterms.”

MIDTERM LOOPHOLE.   ATL.  “Want to influence Tuesday’s midterm election but keep your identity a secret from voters? No problem.”

HICKENLOOPER SCRUTINY.   CI.  “Campaign finance watchdogs believe John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s outgoing governor and a possible 2020 presidential candidate, may have run afoul of Federal Election Commission regulations this week.”

BLOOMBERG BOOST.   WP.  “Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City who is considering a 2020 presidential campaign, took another step closer to that possibility Sunday with a $5 million national advertising effort that encourages voters to support Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm elections — and offers Bloomberg’s centrist politics as a counter to President Trump.”

2020 SPENDING.   MDC.  “The final votes of the 2018 midterms have yet to be cast, but several Democratic presidential hopefuls have already been spending with the next campaign in mind.”

DE:  COMPLAINT FILED.   DO. “The legality of campaign contributions is once again being challenged with just days left before Tuesday’s election, although the case could be headed for a quick dismissal.”

DC:  BOWSER RESPONDS.   WCP.  “It turns out Mayor Muriel Bowser did not violate D.C. campaign finance laws, as the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen alleged last week.”

ME:  THE MONEY IN MAINE.   ST.  “The battle over who will represent Maine in the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River is the most expensive political race in state history, leading to more television campaign ads than any other state and underscoring millions of dollars of so-called ‘dark money’ pouring into the race.”

MN:  COMPLAINT FILED.   BP.  “A campaign financial complaint made against a candidate for Bemidji City Council was reviewed by a Minnesota administrative law judge Thursday.”

OH:  STATE RULES.   BJ.  “The Ohio Elections Commission delivered a mixed verdict on Thursday in the case of whether Aftab Pureval’s clerk of courts campaign violated state campaign finance laws, with the commission finding a ‘very small’ violation, according to a lawyer who brought the case.”

TX:  ALLEGATIONS OF HELP.   HILL.  “Sen. Ted Cruz (R) suggested on Friday that staffers working for his opponent in the Texas Senate race, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), were using campaign funds to help ‘people coming here illegally.'”

TX:  USE OF FUNDS.   PF.  “Our ruling comes down to perspective. The mailer’s spin seemed a little strong at first, especially knowing that gift purchases, whether for Civil War trinkets or not, are allowable if considered of nominal value.”


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