3.14 political law links

20 PROBLEM. POL. “Democratic presidential candidates have a money problem: They need to raise a ton of it while simultaneously proving their distance from big donors — and most candidates can’t do both at once.”

POST-SERVICE SPENDING. RC. “As the Senate prepares to face off in the coming weeks over House Democrats’ sweeping political ethics overhaul bill, a provision aimed to curtail so-called ‘Zombie’ campaign spending is getting renewed attention.”

SPENDING SPOTLIGHT. TBT. “Another complaint about a former Florida congressman misusing campaign money has hit the desk of the Federal Election Commission.”

CA: MORE REPORTING. ML. “A new bill introduced in California by Assemblyman James Gallagher, R – Yuba City, would increase transparency into campaign finance records at the local level by requiring local election officials to post campaign finance records online within 48 hours of filing deadlines.  Currently, roughly 70 percent of California cities require residents to review such information in-person at a government office.”

ETHICS FEAR. BL. “Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s tweets praising President Donald Trump have raised concerns inside the department about whether Acosta is violating a federal law that limits federal employees’ political activities, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg Law.”

KY: MONEY RACE. CJ. “Democrat Adam Edelen appears poised to benefit from a new super PAC, started by a supporter of his race for Kentucky governor.”

NM: BILL BLAST. AJ. “The controversial amendment creating the ‘legislative caucus committee’ as a political committee under New Mexico law surfaced in House Judiciary Committee on March 2, and was approved by a vote of 7 to 2.”

OH: VIEW ON DISCLOSURE. CLE. “These campaign finance reports should be searchable and available on your county board of elections and the Ohio Secretary of State websites. That’s why I’m supporting new legislation being introduced this week by state Sen. Michael Rulli that will allow local candidates for office to finally submit their campaign finance reports online.”

WV: VETO URGED. GM. “Gov. Jim Justice has yet to sign the bill, and he shouldn’t. There’s no sound reason for increasing the amount of influence a person or group can have over a politician by enabling them to spend even more on a campaign. That goes doubly for PACs, where donors aren’t always disclosed.”


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