4.18.19 political law links

20 MONEY RACE. WP. “President Trump’s reelection committee and the Republican Party have a significant head start on the Democratic field.”

ELITE DONATIONS. CBS. “From Ben Affleck and Susan Sarandon to Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson, celebrities lined up to give money — and a dash of star power — to their favorite Democratic presidential candidates ahead of this week’s first quarter fundraising deadline.”

ETHICS RULING. CLE. “Staffers for former Wadsworth Republican Rep. Jim Renacci inappropriately used official resources to promote his 2018 campaigns for U.S. Senate and Ohio governor, an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation found. But Renacci won’t be sanctioned for any violations because he’s no longer in office.”

AL: LOOKING FOR DISCLOSURE. AT. “What rules govern campaign finance in my hometown of Orange Beach and other municipalities throughout the state?”

CA: DEFAMATION AND SLANDER ALLEGED. MCW. “The head of the Monterey County deputy sheriff’s union and a Salinas City Councilmember who ran unsuccessfully for Monterey County Sheriff have sued three sheriff’s office commanders, alleging the trio defamed and slandered them during the 2016 campaign.”

CO: BILL MOVES. CP. “A bill that would codify a 2018 federal court decision that struck down much of Colorado’s enforcement of its campaign finance system won party-line approval from a state Senate committee Monday.”

MA: RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS. NBC. “Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., said she has been fully compliant with the laws and regulations outlined by the Federal Election Commission. She said these allegations highlight why more women need to be in leadership and run for elected office.”

OR: ETHICS DEAL. OL. “It’s the second attempt at a settlement for Hayes, who faced the potential of $110,000 in fines after ethics investigators made “preliminary findings” last year that she violated ethics laws 22 times between 2011 and 2013 while serving as Oregon’s first lady. Investigators confirmed news reports that Hayes accepted more than $200,000 through her clean energy consulting firm while also serving as an unpaid adviser on the same issues for her fiancée, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber.”


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