7.15.20 political law links

FRANKLIN HITS. FP. “U.S. Rep. Ross Spano is under fire again for illegal campaign contributions he accepted in 2018 when he was first elected to Congress.”

KEEPING FUNDS. BT. “North Dakota Democrats want the state’s congressman to return campaign contributions from a company that has received the largest contract to date to build a section of President Donald Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

CA: MATTER SETTLED. PT. “Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Scott Schmerelson has agreed to pay $400 for violations that he improperly filed a campaign finance disclosure form that omitted certain stock holdings.”

CA: NEW ON LLC’S. JDS. “Under the new regulations, LLCs will be required to identify the individual responsible for making political contribution decisions on behalf of the LLC (i.e., the ‘responsible officer’).”

IL: NO NEED. CT. “An Aurora City Council committee this week declined to go any further with adding a limit to campaign contributions in the city’s ethics ordinance.”

MO: MONEY ANALYSIS. KC. “Missouri’s pro-Medicaid expansion committee just landed a $1.5 million donation from a Washington, D.C.-based dark money group — the single largest campaign contribution to a Missouri candidate or committee since 2018.”

OH: BRIBERY CLOUDS. TB. “Offered $1,000 after promising his vote on Toledo City Council for a permit for an internet gambling business on Central Avenue, at-large councilman Gary Johnson instructed the businessman to put it in the form of a contribution to his campaign fund, but in somebody else’s name.”


7.10 political law links

DUES IN THE NEWS. RC. “Several House members have reported paying for membership dues to luxurious social clubs from their campaign coffers, expenditures the Federal Election Commission automatically deems as prohibited personal use.”

COMPLAINT FOR SUPER PAC AD. WFB. “Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper (D.) may have violated campaign finance laws by coordinating an advertisement with an outside super PAC backing his Senate campaign, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.”

DISCLAIMER ISSUE. HN. “A political ad running on television for U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins is missing an element that the Federal Election Commission requires candidates to include.”

CHARITABLE GIVING. FLP. “Mark Foley is continuing to wind down his congressional campaign account, as he donated more than $200,000 to local charities between April 1 and June 30.”

FILING QUESTIONS. HILL. “The Federal Election Commission (FEC) will investigate ‘false or fictitious’ filings for Kanye West’s presidential campaign after the rapper announced his presidential bid on Saturday.”

TN: FINE FOR VIOLATIONS. TNN. “Campaign finance officials on Wednesday followed through on a plan to levy a $10,500 penalty against former House Speaker Glen Casada after an audit determined he failed to adequately retain receipts for roughly $100,000 in expenditures.”


7.2 political law links

FEC UPDATE. GOVEXEC. “With four months until the November 2020 elections, the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s campaign finance laws will once again lose the ability to do most of its job.”

PAC LAUNCH. HILL. “Hundreds of former members of the George W. Bush administration have formed a super PAC to support former Vice President Joe Biden, saying they are alarmed by President Trump’s conduct in office.”

NEW HIGH. NYT. “President Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it had $295 million in the bank, a formidable financial advantage.”

IL: MONEY RESPONSE. DRN. “Illinois Rising Action, a dark money super PAC, is running a TV ad against Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The group is reportedly putting $1 million behind the spot on both cable and broadcast over two weeks.”

MT: BALLOT ALLEGATIONS. GFT. “The Montana Republican Party and two minor party qualification committees violated state campaign finance laws in a successful effort to qualify the Green Party of Montana for the primary ballot without the Green Party’s knowledge, the commissioner of political practices said Friday.”

NC: LOBBYIST POSITIVE. WRAL. “State lawmakers had more questions than answers Wednesday after learning that an unidentified lobbyist tested positive for coronavirus after meeting with lawmakers.”

VT: COMPANY ADS IN THE NEWS. VTD. “Milne has recently appeared in television ads for his travel agency. The Democrats allege Milne is spending corporate funds ‘in service of boosting his name recognition for political gains.'”