4.8.20 political law links

LOBBYING BOOM. NYT. “The coronavirus pandemic has gut-punched global markets, put 6.6 million Americans out of work and raised the likelihood of a recession. But in the Washington lobbying world, business is booming.”

PAY ATTENTION. LEX. “Because of the current economic and employment crisis, many businesses and nonprofits are likely to seek government contracts and grants.  These organizations should be mindful of special ‘procurement lobbying’ rules that impose disclosure obligations and restrictions as a result of efforts to obtain government contracts and grants.”

GROUPS PUSH. LNO. “The plaintiffs asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for injunctive and declaratory relief in hopes of compelling the FEC to act on the FECA lawsuit. They first alerted the FEC with an administrative complaint in late March 2015, claiming that the previous Florida governor Jeb Bush infringed on 52 U.S.C when he allegedly ‘”established, financed, maintained, and controlled” both directly and indirectly through his agents, the Right to Rise Super PAC, Inc., which “acted on his behalf” by raising and spending soft money to promote Bush’s presidential campaign,’ according to the lawsuit.”

NY: BILL IN BUDGET. NYP. “Gov. Cuomo managed to get his controversial overhaul of the state’s election laws and campaign-finance regulations included in the sprawling $177 billion budget, effectively ending a court fight that had tied the proposal up for months.”

TN: SETTLEMENT REACHED. TNN. “The arrangement, reached Wednesday by members of the Registry of Election Finance, allowed Towns, D-Memphis, to pay $22,000 to the state in order to become eligible to appear on the fall ballot.”

WV: NO BADGES. CGM. “A chief deputy sheriff running for county sheriff may not use a photograph of herself wearing her badge in campaign materials, the state Ethics Commission determined in an advisory opinion approved Thursday.”

WI: HERE’S HOW. JSO. “Seizing on an opportunity — and a captive audience — dark-money groups flooded Milwaukee County mailboxes with sometimes dubious claims in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s contest. These groups are usually nonprofits that don’t have to reveal their source of funding and, sometimes, how much they are spending.”


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