10.16 political law links

AD WARS COME TO FB. BF. “According to a BuzzFeed News review, Facebook has removed more than 160 ads posted this month by President Donald Trump and some Democratic candidates, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former vice president Joe Biden, and businessperson Tom Steyer. In some cases, Facebook appeared to apply its policies unequally, removing some ads for breaking rules around profanity, fake buttons, and advertising in certain states while leaving others that seemed to do the exact same thing untouched.”

HONEST ADS ANALYSIS. WSJ. “This article is signed by Bradley A. Smith, Lee E. Goodman, and Michael E. Toner, all former chairmen of the Federal Election Commission.”

TRACKING MONEY. WAMU. “Raising money isn’t just a necessity for candidates hoping to make it through the long and expensive presidential primary process — it’s a way to measure candidates’ credibility and staying power in a crowded field.”

GRASSROOTS CHECK. WP. “Money is fungible, so it’s an artifice to claim that money from wealthy donors last time around isn’t being used this time around.”

SUPER PAC FOCUS. WSJ. “Jake Menges, a longtime aide to Rudy Giuliani, said he has stepped down from the law firm Greenberg Traurig to lead a Florida-focused super PAC backing President Trump.”

PLANS OUT. VOX. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren is issuing a challenge to her fellow 2020 competitors with hours to go before the fourth Democratic debate: be transparent about who their donors are, especially if those donors hold positions of power within their presidential campaigns.”

MA: LATE FINE. IL. “Ward 5 City Council candidate Marven Hyppolite has been fined more than $4,000 for failing to file his campaign finance reports on time, according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF).”


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