11.2.20 political law links

CRUNCH IMPACT. NYT. “With far less money than anticipated, campaign officials are scrambling to address a severe financial disadvantage against Joseph R. Biden Jr., producing something of an internal blame game.”

HACK ATTACK. AP. “Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party’s account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump in the key battleground state, the party’s chairman told The Associated Press on Thursday.”

GIMMICK ALLEGED. NYT. “President Trump’s campaign is raising money for a prolonged political and legal fight long after Nov. 3 and recently began automatically checking a box to withdraw additional weekly contributions from online donors through mid-December — nearly six weeks after Election Day.”

SUPER PAC MILLIONS. POL. “The Senate Leadership Fund, which is aligned with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is putting $4.6 million into the race over the last weekend, the group told reporters on Friday morning.”

MEADOWS ALLEGATIONS. BI. “A government watchdog is calling for an investigation into White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows after accusing him of misusing thousands of dollars in campaign funds.”

GUILTY PLEA. CNBC. “Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind said that Correia had lied in his FEC affidavit by claiming that Global Energy Producers — a supposedly active company formed by Parnas and co-defendant Igor Fruman — had actually made a $350,000 donation in GEP’s name to the Trump super PAC America First Action.”

TIKTOK PAC. BI. “More than 30,000 people have signed up for Trump Trivia messages. Ni hopes that a recent agreement with another grassroots political group, SettleForBiden, will build the subscriber base further.”

PAPERWORK BLAMED. HS. “A nonpartisan watchdog group filed a complaint against a Grand Rapids entity, saying it was created to funnel funds into the campaign of Republican congressional candidate Peter Meijer.”

LAST WEEK AT THE FEC. FEC. Last week’s weekly digest of agency actions is online.

PAIR NOMINATED. RC. “After leaving so many vacancies at the Federal Election Commission that it couldn’t even hold meetings for most of the 2020 campaign cycle, the Trump administration said Wednesday it planned to nominate a bipartisan pair to the hobbled agency.”

MD: VIOLATIONS OUTLINED. FB. “The State Board of Elections says former democratic mayoral candidate and current democratic delegate and city council president candidate Nick Mosby violated state election law.”

MT: VIOLATIONS ALLEGED. HA. “The Republican candidates for state auditor and secretary of state both violated campaign finance laws, the state commissioner of political practices found Friday.”

PA: CHURCH LINE. MS. “Chuck Smith, currently running for the Kansas House of Representatives against Rep. Monica Murnan in District 3, has been using Pittsburg’s Catholic church, Our Lady of Lourdes, mailing equipment to post and distribute his mailers to every voter in the district.”


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