2.19 political law links

THEFT SUSPECTED. WKYC. “The re-election committee for an Ohio Republican congressman told the Federal Election Commission it suspects the campaign’s former treasurer stole tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign’s bank account, according to a published report.”

D PUNT. HILL. “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has punted on a resolution that would have created a task force to reduce the role of corporate PACs in party fundraising.”

CA: POWER SOUGHT. LAT. “California’s campaign watchdog agency is sounding an alarm that local prosecutors have failed to file charges in dozens of cases where officials have allegedly used public funds for political purposes.”

LA: CHILD CARE OK. WAFB. “The state ethics board voted 6 to 4 Friday to allow candidates for public office to use campaign money to pay for childcare while they are out soliciting votes.”

MD: REFORMER CLASH. WTOP. “At issue is a resolution sponsored by Sen. Paul G Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) that would enable Maryland to call on Congress to establish a constitutional convention to set campaign contribution limits in the country. Five other states have already called for a constitutional convention on campaign finance laws; two-thirds are needed for Congress to act.”

MI: LAW STING. DN. “A group that actively campaigned for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten its hand slapped and must now pay a fine for its clear violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. That law exists for a reason, and the state must do more to ensure it’s getting enforced.”

SD: LOW TECH DISCLOSURE. RCJ. “Analyzing campaign finance data in South Dakota is a laborious process because of a low-tech disclosure system.”


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