2.26.20 political law links

JET QUESTION. PP. “Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center said political nonprofits are operating in a grey area because of the FEC’s failure to outline rules for what sort of contact they are permitted to have with a candidate. ‘To any rational person that looks at this, of course it’s a campaign event. But it might be allowed, which is the scandal.'”

SPANO DEFENSE. TBT. “In a recent television interview, U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, repeated the defense he’s offered since his 2018 election over illegal contributions to his campaign: He says he didn’t know it was illegal to borrow money from friends and then lend it to his campaign as his own money, and that he has honestly reported the situation.”

FUNDING REVEALED. BLM. “When the Internet Accountability Project popped up late last year and joined the growing crusade against Big Tech, the nonprofit group refused to say who was financing it.”

SUPER PAC UP. MSNBC. “Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, gives Rachel Maddow an exclusive look at new ads set to run in four key 2020 states as the first installment in a $150 million campaign targeting Donald Trump before the Democratic National Convention.”

CHARGE IT. CNBC. “According to a Newsy analysis of Federal Election Commission data, national political campaigns have shelled out more than $220 million to credit card-processing companies, like American Express and PayPal, since the start of the 2008 election cycle.”

MONEY FUNDERS. INT. “The four state-level groups are linked to one another and to Majority Forward, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group affiliated with Senate Majority PAC, and they also share a network of Democratic staffers and strategists.”


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