6.8.20 Political Law Links

AD PULLED. WP. “The Trump campaign took down a video late Thursday trumpeting NASA’s return to human spaceflight, after harsh criticism that it was politicizing the event and violating NASA advertising rules.”

AFFILIATE SUED. NYP. “President Trump’s campaign on Monday filed a lawsuit against an NBC affiliate in Wisconsin for running an anti-Trump ad the campaign called “false and defamatory,” including the claim that he referred to the coronavirus as ‘a hoax.'”

CONVENTION UPDATE. HILL. “President Trump’s threat to move this year’s Republican National Convention out of Charlotte in the midst of a global pandemic has those who organized previous conventions scratching their heads over just how the GOP would overcome the almost insurmountable logistical hurdles of throwing together one of the biggest events on the quadrennial calendar in just two months.”

PAC ATTACK. NW. “A group of former officials of the George W. Bush administration have come together to do what they once would have considered unthinkable—endorsing a Democratic candidate for president—and in a stinging rebuke to the president, are raising money for Joe Biden.”

FEC FOUR. FEC. “James E. Trainor III was sworn in today as a member of the Federal Election Commission.”

COMMISSION SLAMMED. The Federal Election Commission was hit last week with a $200,000 award against it for legal fees and costs in Pursuing America’s Greatness. v. FEC. Opinion. The agency’s legal position was “not substantially justified.”

ME: FOLLOW MAINE MONEY. PBP. “It’s an even-numbered year, and in Maine that means state legislature elections — and a possible changeover of power — are imminent.”

NH: REFORM SOUGHT. WMUR. “To reform campaign finance, [Democratic candidate for governor] Feltes would prohibit limited liability corporation contributions to political campaigns and prohibit owners of more than one LLC from making multiple contributions in the name of each LLC – essentially closing the so-called ‘LLC loophole.'”


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