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SUPER PAC VOWS. WT. “The field of contenders is going to have to weigh the risk versus reward of eschewing super PACs, which, unlike individual donors that are capped out at $2,700 in contributions in the primary, can raise unlimited sums of money but cannot coordinate with a candidate.”

DONORS WAIT. DJ. “The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks.”

FEC OVERSIGHT? HILL. “Congress has failed to re-authorize many major agencies and programs for decades while continuing to fund them. For example, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) last was authorized in 1981. Similarly, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) most recent authorization was in 1998. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not been reauthorized since 2010.”

MO: LIMIT QUESTIONS. SLPD. “It remains unclear whether Bell’s campaign ran afoul of the amendment. The Missouri Constitution says county charter amendments become a part of the charter ‘at the time and under the conditions fixed in the amendment.'”

NM: TEST PASSED. ABJ. “A proposal aimed at shining more light on political spending by ‘dark money’ groups started moving through the Senate on Monday — amid renewed optimism by supporters that it will actually become law this year, after nearly a decade of trying.”

OR: HAMMERING SUPPORT. PM. “While Starnes is pressing for a $1,000 limit, the governor prefers matching the federal limits of $2,600 per individual and $5,000 per political action committee.”

WA: PRO BONO REPORTING. IS. “Last week, the foundation announced it will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) over the Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling that the foundation violated Washington’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) by not disclosing the pro bono legal services.”


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