Today’s political law links 11-12-19

ALLEGATION DENIED. URI. “In advance of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s visit to Providence this Sunday, the Providence Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) raised questions about possible violations of federal campaign finance law by the Buttigieg campaign and Paolino Properties.”

HOST COMPLAINT. KYT. “Matt Jones, host of Kentucky Sports Radio, announced Wednesday night he would not be on air ‘in the near future.'”

MASSEY RUN. FPL. “Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship has announced he is running for President. Blankenship served a year in federal prison and made a failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2018.”

CA: HAWAII REMODEL. SFC. “A longtime Contra Costa County politician who resigned suddenly last week as county clerk-recorder has agreed to pay a $150,000 fine after California’s campaign ethics watchdog found that he spent political contributions on personal trips and remodeling a vacation home in Hawaii.”

IA: ERRORS AND FINE. WCF. “Two Waterloo City Council members have been fined for failing to file campaign finance reports on time.”

MD: PLAN BENEFIT. BS. “Recent scholarship has suggested that women have a tougher time getting donations for their campaigns than men and that women tend to rely heavily on small donations. However, with the Fair Election Fund, small donations will have power.”


11.5.19 political law links

COMPLAINT REVIEW. HILL. “The House Ethics Committee announced on Monday that it is extending a review of Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) related to how she made personal loans to her campaign during a contested primary last year.”

ONLINE POWER. USAT. “Little on the left has been done to counter the president’s advertising onslaught online and what is being done is so far insufficient.”

DARK MONEY LAUNCH. FB. “A Washington, D.C.-based liberal group is launching a $75 million digital campaign against President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 elections.”

CO: USE OF FUNDS. CC. “Galindo may have created even more questions with her most recent campaign finance report, filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office on Oct. 15, showing she reimbursed a large portion of the cash on hand back to herself for ‘professional services.'”

IL: COMPLAINT ON FEES. ABC. “The alderman that replaced Danny Solis in Chicago’s 25th Ward filed a complaint Monday accusing the former alderman of misusing thousands of campaign funds.”

TN: PENALTY REDUCED. TNN. “Expelled former lawmaker Jeremy Durham’s record-setting fine over campaign finance violations should be reduced to just $110,000, according to an administrative law judge.”

VA: AMAZON IN. BJRNLS. “ Inc. donated $38,500 to Virginia political campaigns ahead of the commonwealth’s momentous statehouse elections Tuesday, making a turn towards powerful Republican lawmakers after largely striking a bipartisan balance with its previous political donations.”


11.4.19 political law links

FEC WEEKLY DIGEST. Last week’s Digest is here.

DARK MONEY 101. TRIB. “With the 2020 campaign season upon us, ‘dark money’ is again in the news.”

MA: PAC TIES. BBJ. “Local elections tend to draw less intensity and a smaller crowd than presidential and statewide contests, despite the ground-level impact of municipal officials. But this year’s elections have also attracted a super PAC with ties to Gov. Charlie Baker and donations from top Massachusetts executives.”

NY: COMMISSION WEIGHS. NYDN. “Gov. Cuomo insisted Friday he’s a fan of fusion voting after repeatedly saying he has no opinion on whether the state commission created to craft a plan for publicly-financed elections does away with state election rules that let candidates run on multiple ballot lines.”

NY: KEEP IT LOCAL. TU. “The saying goes that all politics is local, but under current laws, campaign finance is anything but.”

VA: PAC PUMP. LT. “The Democratic-leaning Justice and Public Safety Political Action Committee, a Super PAC based in Washington, DC, and funded by billionaire investor George Soros, has spent almost $659,000 supporting Leesburg attorney Buta Biberaj’s campaign for Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney, according to the latest campaign finance disclosure reports.

WA: AMAZON HIT. TS. “Jayapal told reporters Friday morning that she was “extremely disturbed” by Amazon’s donation of $1.5 million to a local Super PAC that is supporting seven Amazon-approved candidates.”