9.17.18 political law links

RULING HALTED.   POLITICO.  “Chief Justice John Roberts stepped in Saturday to halt a federal judge’s order last month that a conservative political group said threatened to discourage independent expenditures by raising the prospect that anonymous donors could be exposed.”

RULING ON HOLD.   SB. “Roberts’ quick action may have stemmed from a desire to bring clarity to the situation as far in advance of the Monday deadline as possible, but it may also reflect his frustration at the D.C. Circuit’s failure to act on Crossroads Grassroots’ request.”

SENATE ELECTRONIC FILING.   HILL.  “If the bill is signed, the Senate would finally be subject to the same electronic filing (e-filing) requirements that the House has had since 1995.”

SCHEME AND THE LAW.    WP. “Is it illegal to tell a politician what you think about an issue and vow to back her opponent if she disagrees? Such a straightforward question should be easy to answer, but it’s not. That alone is an indictment of the hundreds of pages of statutes and regulatory rules that constitute our federal campaign-finance laws.”

CAMPAIGN CIVIL PENALTY.   STL.  “The agreement, which was obtained by the Post-Dispatch, alleged that Chappelle-Nadal used a state campaign account, which has fewer restrictions on the amount of money and the source of that money than a federal campaign, to bolster her federal office challenge of Clay, D-St. Louis.”

NV:  MAYOR CLEARED.   USN.  “The Reno Gazette Journal reported on its web site Friday Commission Chairwoman Cheryl Lau wrote in a letter to Schieve this week that the panel ‘declines to investigate’ the complaint based on a lack of ‘sufficient evidence’ that Schieve used her elected office to benefit her re-election campaign.”


7.19.18 political law links

PAY TO PLAY SETTLEMENT.   PIO.  “According to the SEC, a Sofinnova employee made a $2,500 campaign contribution to Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner in April 2014. Mr. Rauner won that election and in the position of governor has the ability to influence the selection of money managers for the $54.1 billion Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, Springfield.”  More from the SEC here (PDF).

ELECTION LAW NEWS.   WILEY.  “Developments in all aspects of political law” promised and delivered in the July 2018 edition.

CHANGE ON NON-PROFITS.  VP.  “Monday’s announcement by the Treasury Department that it will no longer collect information about donors to some political non-profits was met with applause from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, perhaps the leading advocate for unrestricted campaign donations, even as it ignited a campaign finance fight in the middle of the 2018 midterm election.”

CA:  STATE WON’T PURSUE.   VOC.  “California’s political ethics enforcement agency won’t pursue enforcement action over OC Supervisor Andrew Do’s taxpayer-funded mailers during his 2016 re-election campaign, saying they mostly did not violate California’s main campaign ethics law at the time.”

CT:  PUBLIC FINANCING AWARD.   MH.  “Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik (ob-SIT-nik) has finally received public campaign financing for the Aug. 14 primary.”

ID:  REFORM CONSIDERED.   BPR.  “After never getting a floor vote earlier this year, state lawmakers looking to overhaul Idaho’s campaign finance law could return to the capitol next year with several bills in hand.”

MA:  CHILD CARE UPDATE.   ML.  “Massachusetts lawmakers did not include a provision in the final state budget bill that would have allowed state candidates to use their campaign funds for childcare.”

MO:  CHANGES EXPLAINED.   SD.  “On Nov. 8, 2016, Missouri voters approved Constitutional Amendment 2. Among its provisions, according to the Missouri Ethics Committee, the amendment imposes campaign contribution limits on certain candidates for state office including statewide, legislative and judicial offices.”

NY:  TINY DONATIONS.   NYP.  “A donor with ties to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign gave small-dollar contributions to the two-term incumbent almost six dozen times, as the longtime pol faces continued criticism for his reliance on big-dollar donors.”

NY:  GUILTY AGAIN.   NYT.  “Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful figures in New York State politics, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, the latest in a drumbeat of corruption convictions to roil Albany in a heated election year.”

TX:  TEC ELECTION.   CDS.  “The Texas Ethics Commission re-elected Steven Wolens, formerly of Corsicana and a principal at law firm of McKool Smith June 28.”


7.12.18 political law links

FEC ENFORCEMENT UPDATE.   COV.  “In a newly published client alert, Covington provides an overview of recent FEC enforcement trends and identifies areas of active enforcement at the four-member Commission.”

CT:  WELL FUNDED.   COU.  “If a wealthy, self-funded shoreline businessman does not become Connecticut’s next governor, it won’t be for lack of spending money.”

KY:  FACING SCRUTINY.   HS.  “When Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s top deputy was busted for using kickbacks and bribes for political donations, Beshear vowed to donate all of the tainted money from his 2015 campaign account to charity.  That was two years ago.”

ME:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE TYPO.   IVN.  “Maine State Treasurer and independent gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes was joined by state representatives, former legislators, and others Monday to call on lawmakers to pass the error and omissions bill needed to restore Clean Elections funding for the 2018 election cycle.”

MO:  DENIALS.   KCS.  “Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff denies allegations in a newly filed ethics complaint that he violated Missouri campaign finance laws while helping to run former Gov. Eric Greitens’ 2016 campaign.”

NH:  DEFICIENT.   NHPR.  “For the first time ever, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is auditing all state-level fundraising reports to make sure they’re filed on time and include all the right information.”

NY:  SIGN ISSUES.  PC.  “A leader of a group that regularly protests against U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has been charged with petit larceny after being accused of stealing campaign signs.”

WY:  FINDING FAULT.   WYO.  “Wyoming was the last state in the nation to require candidates to report on campaign contributions before election day.”