SUPREMES WON’T HEAR CHALLENGE. ML. “The court on Monday announced without comment that it will not take up 1A Auto v. Michael Sullivan, a lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on corporate campaign contributions.”
LAST WEEK AT THE FEC. It was another busy one and a summary of agency actions is online here.
ELECTION LAW NEWS. Wiley Rein’s latest Election Law News is available.
MA: WIN FOR THORNTON. CW. “The Office of Campaign and Political Finance found Thornton may have broken the law, but Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, who was referred the case by Attorney General Maura Healey, did not find sufficient evidence of a crime.”
MI: SHIRKING ALLEGED. MD. “Failing to submit any single report or filing it late results in fees and fines. Missing the deadline results in a daily fine of $25, up to maximum of $500, if the committee received less than $10,000 in the previous two years. If the committee got more than $10,000 in the past two years, the maximum fine is $1,000 for a very late report.”
MO: YARD SIGN WIN. KCS. “A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a suburban St. Louis man in his dispute with a municipal government over how many political signs he can have in his yard.”
TX: LOBBYING MOVE. SLM. “Senate Bill 29, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hall, R–Edgewood, would prevent an agency, organization or government subdivision funded by tax dollars from hiring a lobbyist or engaging in lobbying activity.”
TX: PROP J VIOLATION ALLEGED. AM. “After hours of politically caustic testimony, the Ethics Review Commission found at its May 8 meeting that the No on Prop J political action committee had violated city ethics codes by failing to disclose a $10,000 donation in a timely manner.”
WA: NEW TARGET. TDN. “It’s a tactic called ‘gray money’ and it’s a popular strategy in Washington and around the nation for shielding the flow of money. Through a series of ‘nesting doll’ PACs, campaigns or political parties can cloak donations by individuals, corporations, industry associations or labor unions.”
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