12.11.17 political law links

CONSULTANT PLEA.   FOX.  “A political consultant for United States Rep. Bob Brady is the third defendant to admit his role in a scheme that attempted to conceal unlawful contributions the congressman’s campaign paid to a 2012 primary opponent to withdraw from the race.”

LEFTOVER FUNDS.   AL.  ” A former U.S. senator is continuing to use his leftover campaign money toward political contributions in South Dakota, nearly five years after announcing his retirement.”

MAKE MONEY DEDUCTIBLE.   CNN.  “For the first time in American politics, anonymous ‘dark money’ political donations could become tax-deductible. That’s if a provision currently being debated between House and Senate negotiators makes it into the final tax bill.”

TAX BILL OPENS DOORS.  IPL.  “There is one very important political law provision to watch as the tax bill moves to a final vote in the Senate, and potentially a conference committee reconciles the House and Senate versions.  This amendment will remove the ban on partisan political activities by charitable entities, churches, educational institutions and all other organizations exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.”

LOBBYIST EVENTS.   INT.  “Throughout Washington, D.C., this month, special-interest groups will be hosting scores of glitzy holiday parties. In years’ past, legislators, congressional staff, and government officials have been routinely invited to and attended these events.”

FL:  LEGISLATOR SENTENCED.  USN.  “The Orlando Sentinel reported that the 50-year-old Daytona Beach Democrat withdrew the money from ATMs and used it to pay for everything from meals at McDonald’s to $13,000 for his wedding at New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel. Prosecutors say he $62,000, which he must repay in $300 monthly installments.”

IN:  LEGALITY DEBATE.   WBOI.    “Mayor Tom Henry has responded to a campaign finance reform measure passed by Fort Wayne City Council in late November.”


12.7 political law links

TODAY AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.   Material related to today’s meeting is here.

CA:  FPPC AND TECH.   SST.  “With upcoming elections, the FPPC is continuing its efforts to use technology to shed light on political spending.”

ID:  ATTORNEY RULES.   PR.  “Two campaign finance complaints filed with the city of Idaho Falls were sustained by the Idaho Falls City Attorney’s Office in municipal elections this year.”

KY:  ALLEGED VIOLATION.   WEKU.   “A lawsuit filed this week by an employee for the House Republican Caucus claims the secret settlement came from ‘prominent campaign donors.’ John Steffen heads the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, which oversees how candidates raise and spend donations. He said that after reading the complaint it doesn’t appear that Hoover broke campaign finance laws.”

NJ:  CASE SETTLED.   PHILLY.  “One of New Jersey’s most powerful political bosses has paid more than $20,000 as part of a settlement with the state’s campaign-finance watchdog, which accused him of illegally spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses including trips to Puerto Rico, a gym membership, and U.S. Open tickets.”


12.6 political law links.

MORE MONEY. RC. “Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones has financially overwhelmed his Republican opponent Roy Moore but all his money may not make a difference in the Alabama Senate special election.”

NO MATTER. USAT. “Payday lenders gave $31,700 in 2015-16 federal campaign cycle contributions to Mulvaney, ranking him ninth among all congressional recipients from the sector, according to data analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

ETHICS UPDATE. LAW. “In a continuing effort to burnish its image after a string of scandals, Wells Fargo & Co. has made public a revised code of ethics for employee conduct that requires its workforce to act with honesty and to honor legal obligations.”

CA: MEETING ON LAW. OR. “Orange County lawmakers will hold a special meeting next week to consider a proposal requiring limited liability companies to abide by the county’s limit on campaign donations if they hold or are seeking a county contract.”

MA: ETHICS INQUIRY. BG. “The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ethics convened Tuesday, formally beginning the investigation into whether Stanley C. Rosenberg, who has stepped aside as Senate president, broke chamber rules.”

WI: STAFF SOUGHT. BH. “The Wisconsin Elections Commission is searching for three additional staff members after experiencing a 28 percent decrease in staff over the last two budget cycles.”