6.28.18 political law links

DISCLAIMER HEARING.   CPI.  “While invited, Google, Facebook and Twitter declined to testify at Wednesday’s FEC hearing, although all did submit written comments. (The FEC says it received ‘165,800 public comments and signatories to others’ comments’ overall.)”

HEARING DAY ][.  The hearing will continue this morning and may be watched with a link available here.

KEY OPINIONS.   AJN.  “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010): Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, which stated the prohibition of all independent campaign expenditures by corporations and unions violated the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. It addressed a federal law that prohibited ‘electioneering communication,’ defined as a broadcast ad reaching over 50,000 people in the electorate, within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of an election.”

CA:  MARIHOOCHIE MONEY.  BN.  “Taking a campaign contribution from a pot shop and covering it up: That’s what Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard is accused of doing.”

CO:  LOST AUTHORITY.   TG.  “When it comes to politicos, since 2002 ordinary citizens could wear the badge, and not just on Election Day. Or at least they did until June 12, when U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore ruled that the state’s procedure for finding, reporting and prosecuting campaign finance violations is unconstitutional. Now the Secretary of State’s Office will enforce the law.”

MO:  DISCLOSURE URGED.   KC.  “As Missouri moves forward from a difficult chapter in its political history, one of the lessons former Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration shows us is the influence wielded by dark money.”

ND:  ACCUSATIONS.  BT.  “David C. Thompson, a Grand Forks Democrat running for state attorney general, has again taken aim at Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accusing him of ‘corruption,’ specifically improper reimbursements to himself with his Senate campaign funds.”

MONGOLIA:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE SPOTLIGHT.   WP.  “‘Mongolians have realized that the source of corruption is campaign finance,’ said a leading independent economist, Jargalsaikhan Dambadarjaa, who runs the influential Jargal Defacto website. ‘Those who give money through these political parties control all of Mongolia, control all the government.'”


6.26.18 political law links

CA:  NEW CHAIR.    WV.  “Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Alice Travis Germond of West Hollywood, as chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission… She was California political director for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992 and super delegate director for Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1987, where she was California co-chair in 1984. Germond was deputy political director for Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign from 1987 to 1988. She was national vice-chair for Governor Brown’s presidential campaign in 1980, where she was national matching funds director in 1976. Germond was deputy campaign manager for Governor Brown’s re-election gubernatorial campaign in 1978.”

MA:  LOBBYING BILL.   BG.  “Two years after Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposed what he called tough municipal lobbying laws, the City Council seems ready to tackle the issue — with its own draft.”

MA:  USE OF EMAIL.   MMT.  “The state’s campaign ethics office found that Mashpee Public Schools Superintendent Patricia DeBoer’s use of school email in the run-up to town election in May violated campaign finance law, according to its letter to the town’s top school official.”

MT:  $28,000 STAPLE.   MC.  “”‘The bottom line is, (the commissioner) wants MSSA to pay $28,000 and admit to being an outlaw because the provided list was not attached to the form C-2 instead of the form C-7,’ Marbut said. ‘This entire affair ends up being more of a comment on the nature and actions of (the commissioner) than on the law-abiding character and actions of MSSA Political Action Committee – a $28,000 demand for a missing staple.'”

OH:  ANOTHER DELAY.   CIN.  “Cincinnati City Councilman Jeff Pastor has asked the Hamilton County Board of Elections for a second extension to comply with its request for detailed campaign finance reports, as required by law.”

TX:  TEC TO RULE.   CBS.  “The Texas Ethics Commission will soon rule on a female candidate’s request to pay for campaign-related child care expenses with political contributions.”


6.21.18 political law links

COORDINATION RULES.   POL.  “Coordination between campaigns and outside groups is illegal, though both parties’ election lawyers regularly give candidates a green light to evade that ban by sharing information in the public domain — for example, posting long YouTube clips clearly meant for use by friendly super PACs.”

AZ:  BRIBERY TRIAL.   ACT.  “Norton, the Pierces, and water utility owner George Johnson, whose company bears his name, are on trial in U.S. District Court in Phoenix in an alleged bribery and fraud scheme.”

CO:  VETTING COMPLAINTS.   DP. “After a federal judge ruled last week that significant portions of Colorado’s campaign finance complaint procedures are unconstitutional, state elections officials have adopted a new process…”

ID:  LATE REPORT.   IN.  “State superintendent Sherri Ybarra filed her campaign finance report Monday evening — four days late.”

MD:  SUPER PAC LAUNCH.   WP.  “An outside group supporting gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is pumping money into attack ads that focus on the education record of his chief rival, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.”

MA:  REPORTING ISSUE.   HN.  “The group that advocated for the building of a new B.M.C. Durfee High School has been cited by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance for failing to report expenditures related to their effort.”

NY:  NIXON REFORMS.   GG.  “Standing on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan, a symbol of corruption in New York government, Andrew Cuomo launched his run for governor eight years ago last month, vowing to clean up the rot in Albany.”

RI:  COMPLAINTS FILED.   PRO.  “Democratic Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan, and a watchdog group have filed a complaint against Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.”

WA:  GOOGLE SUSPENDS.   EG.  “Google has bowed to pressure from Washington state and will no longer run local election advertisements starting from today.”