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CA: CASH POURING. SB. “One of California’s largest unions is spending big money to prevent one of its former leaders from winning a seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration, and it’s starting with a political mailer that is confusing some retirees.”

CO: COURT RULES. GAZ. “Pace and CIW filed the campaign finance complaint, alleging that the Alliance failed to register as a political committee and to report campaign donations.”

MD: CANDIDATE CHARGED. WJZ. “Richard Parker was charged with filing a campaign finance report with false and misleading information and signing an electronic submission of one of his campaign forms without the express consent of his treasurer.”

GUAM: FUND USE. GI. “A former campaign official has filed a complaint saying a Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives misused campaign funds.”

ME: MONEY HEATS. RCP. “The spokesman for Maine Momentum, the dark-money group that has already earned three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for its ad hitting Collins, had worked as recently as June for Collins’ leading Democratic opponent, Sara Gideon, speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives.”

NY: OVERHAUL AGAIN. WAMC. “Campaign finance reform, long-promised but never enacted, is starting to take shape in New York.  As part of this year’s budget agreement, Governor Cuomo and the legislative majorities agreed to establish a Commission to create a voluntary system of public financing of elections.”

NY: ALLEGED VIOLATION. OCN. “According to publicly available campaign finance records cited in Rice’s complaints and verified by The Palladium-Times, Pathfinder [Bank] has in five of the last seven years exceeded its state-mandated cap on political donations. Corporations in New York are limited to $5,000 in contributions annually to candidates for offices or political committees. In 2018 alone, Pathfinder spread $20,530 around to more than a dozen candidates and political action committees, financial disclosure documents show.”


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FUNDS ISSUE. CIN. “While U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot hasn’t said anything publicly about the missing money from his campaign fund, his attorney on Friday vowed to conduct ‘a thorough audit’ and work with law enforcement.”

MONEY CHASE. FN. “Mr. Chaffetz has been digging into nonprofits since his time as House Oversight Committee chairman, and the book details how powerful the liberal nonprofit sector has grown.”

MONEY HIT. PH. “Maine Sen. Susan Collins decried the influence of ‘dark money’ in political campaigns and outlined issues on which she has supported and opposed President Trump during a wide-ranging interview on public radio Friday.”

LAST WEEK AT THE FEC. The week’s Weekly Digest is here.

ARABELLA REPORT. BB. “A largely unknown, massively funded strategy company pushing the interests of wealthy leftist donors has been quietly behind a hydra-like dark money network of pop-up groups designed to look like grassroots activist organizations. These front groups push everything from opposition to President Trump’s proposed border wall to support for Obamacare to gun control to government control of the Internet to pro-abortion activism and other leftwing causes.”

OR: OPEN TO LIMITS. OL. “The Oregon Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request to delay arguments in a major campaign finance case, a decision that leaves open the possibility that political donations could be capped in statewide races next year — even though lawmakers have stumbled in their own attempts to set them.”


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DEMOCRACY DEAD. BG. “The Federal Election Commission is essentially toast.”

PERIL ABOUNDS. ST. “For the well-being of American democracy, Congress and President Donald Trump must immediately repair the Federal Election Commission.”

FEC STATUS. 538. “What this means is that the agency responsible for both enforcing and advising on the nation’s campaign-finance laws is out of commission for the foreseeable future. And because we’re in the middle of a presidential election … things could get hairy fast.”

WAR ON DRUDGE. HILL. “First, it was Democrats on the Federal Election Commission. Now it’s congressional Democrats and Republicans who want to squelch the political voices on major online websites such as Facebook, Twitter, the New York Times, and eventually the Drudge Report.”

KY: FINE FROM 16. CJ. “The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance has found probable cause that the campaign of Louisville Metro Councilman Scott Reed violated several campaign finance laws in his 2016 race.”

TX: NEW DISCLOSURES. TT. “In a U.S. Senate campaign disclosure filed last month, which includes all of 2018 and this year through mid-August, West reported that he made over $1 million in earned income, and that he’ll be eligible to draw a state pension exceeding $80,000 a year — or more, depending on when he retires.”