LOAN ISSUE. TBT. “U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, already facing a federal probe into his 2018 campaign, may have more trouble on his hands.”
NEW MEASURES. RC. “House members and political money experts debated comprehensive new campaign finance overhaul measures on Thursday, but they heard testimony from a Federal Election Commission member who suggested they might first want to address the existing campaign regulatory infrastructure.”
FREE REIN. HILL. “The GAO report paints a broken campaign finance enforcement system providing minimal chance of detecting these fraudulent schemes and even less probability of exposure to civil or criminal enforcement.”
EAC BUDGET. FUL. “The plan he unveiled Monday would cut spending 14 percent at the Election Assistance Commission, the federal agency tasked with making sure voting machines are reliable and therefore at the center of efforts to prevent foreign hacking.”
CA: CHALLENGE COMING. SFE. “A federal judge in San Francisco will hear arguments on Feb. 14 on a political campaign committee’s free-speech challenge to new donor disclosure rules enacted by city voters in November.”
ME: FACING INVESTIGATION. MPR. “A potential referendum over Central Maine Power’s power line proposal for western Maine is generating more campaign finance violations, this time from opponents of the project.”
ECU: TRIAL. YN. ” Former President Rafael Correa goes on trial before Ecuador’s highest court starting Monday on charges of campaign finance fraud and accepting millions of dollars in bribes.”
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