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NO REPORTING REMINDER. I assume the FEC won’t be issuing a reporting reminder for the Year End Report due January 31, unless the agency re-opens before then. Here‘s last year’s. The agency’s website, in fact, hasn’t been updated since the shutdown started last year and still lists Chair Weintraub as Vice Chair.

REFORM PROSPECTS. CLS. “This week marks the ninth anniversary of the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which critics say prompted a flood of anonymous ‘dark money’ into political campaigns. But some see hope in a new package of reforms.”

CA:   FINE REDUCED. TI. “The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) approved a $6,000 fine for the Friends of Livermore Committee 2016 (FOLC 2016) for three election violations.”

CO: COMPLAINT FILED. PT. “Charles Heatherly, the former policy director for the Colorado State Senate Republicans has filed a campaign finance complaint against Colorado Rising and ProgressNow Colorado, claiming the two organizations conspired to act as a conduit to fund proponents of Proposition 112 in the 2018 election on behalf of the Sergey Brin Foundation.”

IL: RETURNING MONEY. CT. “Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza returning money linked to wire-wearing Ald. Danny Solis.”

OR: REFORM PUSH. PM. “Governor Kate Brown is pushing for campaign finance reform, and a there’s a new campaign finance committee in the state senate.”

OR: FAST TRACK. OPB. “In an exceedingly rare move, the Oregon Supreme Court this week agreed to fast-track a case that proponents hope will let the state limit campaign contributions. The move means the matter will skip over the Oregon Court of Appeals, where cases can languish for years and will be heard by Oregon Supreme Court justices later this year.”

TX: REPORTING ERRORS. MHP. “The Texas Ethics Commission said they have found credible evidence that state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, did not disclose assets in a business he owned.”


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