Constitution Day Political Law Links

YANG CONTEST. POL. “Andrew Yang’s surprising debate gambit — giving away $120,000 to 10 families over a year to highlight his universal basic income proposal — helped the outsider candidate raise $1 million in the 72 hours since the debate and collect more than 450,000 email addresses from people who entered the online raffle, the presidential campaign told POLITICO.”

SUPER PAC BACK. VF. “‘The John Bolton PAC and John Bolton Super PAC seek a strong, clear, and dependable U.S. national security policy, resting on constancy and resolve,’ Bolton said in a press release issued Friday.”

LOBBYING BANS. PEW. “The anti-lobbying bill would have had a withering impact on the hundreds of outside lobbyists that represent cities, counties, special districts and other local government entities in Austin. It also would have prohibited the payment of dues by cities and counties to lobbying organizations such as the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Association of Counties.”

CA: LIMITS RAISED. RP. “In next year’s city-wide elections voters will be able to donate up to $500, a $100 increase from the previous limit passed in 2010. The limit will increase by $25 every two years starting in 2022.”

CA: REMOTE PARTICIPATION. TH. “The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will test a new feature at Thursday’s commission meeting by allowing the public to make comments or ask questions remotely from anywhere in the State, without having to attend meetings in person in Sacramento, the agency announced on Monday.”

MD: MODEL CLAIM. MM. “Montgomery County’s public financing law for county elections served its primary purpose the first time around, a new report finds: Reducing the influence of big money on local campaigns.”

OR: CASE CLOSED. OL. “The Oregon State Elections Division, which employs 20 people and maintains a $6.8 million annual budget, doesn’t dig deep.”

VT: TOOTHLESS WITHOUT PURPOSE. VD. “Vermont is one of only three states with an independent ethics agency that has ‘limited or no power’ to investigate state officials or impose sanctions, a new report has found.”


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