These are the day’s political law links

DONOR PRIVACY URGED.  The Hill.  “By lumping in donors to these causes protected under the donor privacy bill with what they claim to be a bad influence in politics, opponents disparage true and worthy beneficence done for purposes of conscience. And what is America without protecting rights of conscience?”

UBER HYPE.  BG.  “On June 1, Uber disclosed an unprecedented $3.5 billion investment from the Saudi Arabian government. Aside from its stock ownership, which totals more than 5 percent, the kingdom bought itself a seat on the company’s board of directors.”

ANOTHER COMPLAINT.  WMUR. “Cullen said campaign finance reports show that Guinta personally loaned his campaign $81,000 during the 2010 congressional primary. The campaign repaid that money to Guinta in the following years.”

BUSINESS MIX.  KUOW.  “The FEC bars candidates from directly pocketing campaign contributions. And yet, Potter said, companies owned by candidates are barred from giving money to their bosses’ political efforts. So if the Trump campaign is using Trump properties and services, it does have to pay Trump’s companies.”

NEW SUPER PAC.  RC. “The timing of the group’s creation will raise eyebrows, given that it came on the same day that Rubio announced he was running for re-election.”

KEEP THE PROMISE, CHANGE THE NAME.  BN.  “Robert Mercer, the GOP mega-donor and co-founder of Renaissance Technologies hedge fund who once backed Texas Senator Ted Cruz, is launching a super-PAC with a novel twist to get establishment-minded donors off the sidelines.”

IL:  INVESTIGATION SOUGHT.  CT.  “Michelle Fajman, election board director, said that under state law corporations are allowed to contribute $2,000 a year across all campaigns. Companies listed as limited liability corporations do not have the same limits.”

MO:  AIR WAR.  STL.  “The PAC-backed ad, financed by the State Conservative Reform Action PAC, or SCRAP, targets Schaefer for supporting legislation as a member of the Senate that allowed foreign ownership of Missouri farmland.”

MT:  COMEDY ALLEGED.  IR.  “Are Mr. Motl’s other cases capricious and sloppily done? No notification, no verification of data? Is this slipshod incompetence? A Laurel and Hardy comedy?”

SC:  BETTER FUTURE SOUGHT.  FN.  “This is political speech – and politicians have absolutely no right to muzzle it just because it criticizes them.  In fact we’ve repeatedly opposed so-called ‘ethics reforms’ that seek to shut down precisely these sorts of ads.”


Good morn., here are political law links

FATTAH VERDICT.  NBC.  “A jury has convicted veteran U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in a racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan.”

“SELF”-FINANCING.  Forbes.  “According to Federal Election Commission filings, in May alone, Trump spent over a million dollars for goods and services provided by at least 10 of his own companies.”

WHAT IT TAKES.  NYT.    “Charles Spies, a Republican election lawyer who advised Jeb Bush’s ‘super PAC,’ said Mr. Trump would have to put in an enormous amount of his own money to jump-start his campaign and win over big donors. He suggested an appropriate figure would be $100 million to $200 million.”

MEMO COMES TO LIGHT.  DC.  “A leaked 2015 memo appears to give Hillary Clinton staffers advice on how to solicit large-sum donations for super PACs without breaking campaign finance laws restricting that behavior.”

NO TURKEY.  USAT.  “Members of Congress have abandoned privately funded trips to Turkey, once a favorite destination for such junkets, after investigations by House ethics panels and USA TODAY indicated many of these trips had been illegally funded.”

INTERIOR EMAIL.  Hill.  “The email, sent last week to the Interior Department’s 70,000 employees, comes as Congress and the department’s inspector general are paying increased attention to allegations that the department’s employees are breaking important rules.”

CA: CANDIDATES FINED.  LAT.  “The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission fined a former City Council candidate nearly $16,000 Tuesday for failing to pay for campaign services that exceeded city limits on donations, as well as other violations.”

NY:  BROAD CHANGES.  JDS.  “Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust.”


Political law links for today

REGULATING THE INTERNET.  Slate.  “According to Ann Ravel, an FEC commissioner as well as its former chairwoman, the commission has largely declined to update its pre-smartphone era rules to keep up with changing times, and this has allowed savvy political actors to exploit gaps in the regulations.”

APPLE AND GOP.  Politico.  “Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump.”

CASE SETTLES.  “Former Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt faces a $2,500 fine for not reporting legal fees paid by a pro-Turkish group.”

T EMERGENCY.  VF. “Donald Trump’s boasts in the primary season that he would largely fund his own presidential campaign have slowly given way to more traditional methods of campaign finance as he’s pivoted to the general election.


  • MJ.  “He raised a grand total of $5.6 million from May 1 to May 31, $2.2 million of which was in the form of loans from Trump personally.”
  • WP.  “Trump’s small haul came as presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton continued to stockpile money: she raised more than $28 million in May and started June with $42 million in cash.”
  • NPR.  “As of the end of May, Trump’s campaign account held just $1.3 million compared to Clinton’s $42 million. Ben Carson, whose bid for the GOP nomination ended in early March, had $1.8 million in his campaign fund.”

SUPER PROBLEM.  MJ.  “Trump and his advisers went into the race with no super-PAC game plan (which was in keeping with most other aspects of his unconventional campaign).”

NH:  UNION LEADER ON REFORM.  NHUL.  “Updating and streamlining the New Hampshire campaign finance system would provide a clear and level playing field for all candidates. And that would lower the incentive for candidates to avoid the labyrinth entirely by outsourcing their campaigns to Super PACs and other independent expenditures.”

NJ:  MOVE TO SIMPLIFY.  PNJ.  “Even as Super PACs and other independent groups have emerged as a serious concern to voters in the presidential election, both sides of the political aisle in New Jersey’s legislature are showing renewed interest in improving state campaign finance laws.”

NJ:  ELEC INVESTIGATES.  PT.  “The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) is investigating councilman Andre Sayegh’s campaign finance reports from the past three elections, according to a letter provided by a source to the Paterson Times.”

WI:  GAB ENDS. “Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, the election and campaign agency that supporters laud as a pioneering success and critics call a failed experiment, ends this month after nearly a decade in existence.”