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YEAR END REPORT REMINDER SENT. HOUSE/SEN. “The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 requires active lobbying registrants and individual lobbyists to file a semi-annual report of certain contributions along with certification that the filer understands the gift and travel rules of both the House and the Senate. Registrants and each of their lobbyists who were active for all or part of the semi-annual reporting period must file separate reports detailing their contributions, including FECA, honorary, Presidential Inaugural Committee, Presidential Library and certain payments for event costs. The Year-End contribution report is due January 30, 2019, covering July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.”

DARK LEFT. RC. “For the first time since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which struck down campaign spending limitations for corporations and unions, liberal “dark money” groups outspent conservative groups, according to a new report from Issue One that analyzed data from the Center for Responsive Politics.”

SCAM WATCH. KUT. “An Austin man named Kyle Prall is currently in federal court, facing over a dozen charges that range from mail and wire fraud to money laundering. Officials allege he stole over $500,000 by soliciting campaign donations; he created web sites and literature supposedly promoting Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, among others, and then pocketed the proceeds. The allegation may sound outrageous, but the case is not the first of its kind, by any means.”

HARRI$ HAUL. MW. “Just a day after she announced her candidacy for president, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris has already pulled in $1.5 million in campaign donations.”

HARRIS V. BOOKER. WE. “Unlike Booker though, Harris will say no to dark money. Multiple outlets report that she plans on rejecting assistance from super PACs as well as corporate dollars.”

HI: SUPER PAC CRACK. CB. “Hawaii’s 2018 election is still bugging some lawmakers, who say they plan to push bills this session that would aim to get a grip on super PACs, open up public financing of campaigns and sidestep political parties by allowing the top two vote-getters in a primary race to move on to the general election, no matter what party they’re from.”

MI: CLEARED OF VIOLATIONS. MT. “The Secretary of State can force nonprofits that violate the law to reveal their funding source and expenditures and turn over an investigation to the Michigan State Police.”


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