8.5 political law links

LAST WEEK’S FEC ACTIONS. Press Release. The agency concluded matters involving the McMullin for President Committee, among others.

AOC COS. WE. “Federal government agencies are investigating alleged campaign finance misconduct by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s former chief of staff, who abruptly resigned on Friday, according to the New York Post.”

MOVE VIOLATION ALLEGED. NYP. “A conservative watchdog group in Washington filed an ethics complaint with federal regulators alleging that Mayor Bill de Blasio violated the law by leaning on his state political account to pick up the tab for the early days of his presidential campaign.”

MATCH CLARITY. OS. “Limited-time matching gives ideological supporters extra incentive to donate to a campaign they care about. But legal experts say it is hard to see how donation matching could happen given campaign contribution limits. And there are no accountability mechanisms to determine whether campaigns actually follow through with their promises.”

SUPER PAC BACK. ST. “After operating for five months without disclosing who was bankrolling it, a super PAC supporting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s presidential bid revealed its donors in a just-before-midnight filing Wednesday.”

AXIOS OVERREACH. AXI. “‘What the Commission announced today was that it has received a petition from a member of the public proposing new rules on the subject,’ Republican FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter said in a statement to Axios.”

ME: GUIDANCE ISSUE. KJ. “A spokeswoman for House Speaker Sara Gideon said Thursday that the candidate was given incorrect advice on reimbursements for political contributions she made in 2015 and 2016, which resulted in federal campaign finance violations.”

MI: FUNDS SOUGHT. MIL. “Traverse City-area state Rep. Larry Inman’s campaign funds were dwindling when he allegedly tried to trade votes for cash, new court documents say.”

CHARLOTTE. The Republican National Lawyers Association held its annual National Election Law Seminar in Charlotte, NC, last Friday and Saturday. It was great to spend time catching up and hearing from top election lawyers from across the country. The RNLA also named Anne Ware Lewis the 2019 honoree of the RNLA’s Robert J. Horn Chairman’s Award, posthumously honoring her work in Republican circles in Georgia and across the country.  (Right: I got a chance to visit Charlotte Motor Speedway.)


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