Political Law Links (3-16-17)

KING REFORM.   LSJ.  “U.S. Sen. Angus King is seeking to revise federal law to require that all campaign contributions of $1,000 or more be disclosed with the Federal Election Commission within 48 hours.”

RAVEL LANDS.  Twitter.  “Fed up with DC gridlock, #CAFellow @AnnMRavel is back in CA working on innovative ways to foster civic engagement bit.ly/2lYejJi

NEW EFFORTS.  Hill.  “While lobbyists have always cultivated contacts within federal agencies and departments, those relationships have become more important than ever before due to the slow pace of the transition.”

CA:  FACING INVESTIGATION.   MN.  “California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating two Palo Alto council members elected in November for possible campaign finance reporting violations.”

CO:  REFORMS PROPOSED.   DH.  “Democratic lawmakers are trying to increase the transparency and equity of the system for financing political campaigns with four bills that were introduced Wednesday at the state Legislature.”

FL:  TROUBLE BUBBLE.   FLP.  “Daniels used $4,000 of campaign funds to promote her book, The Demon Dictionary, in a religious magazine called Shofar.”

IA:  TRACKING FUNDS.   DMR.  “After a campaign season where individuals voiced frustration over the political elite and powerful institutions, a Register analysis shows that political action committees, unions and wealthy donors played outsized roles in funding Iowa candidates during the past two campaign cycles.”

SC:  REFORM SNAG.  TS.  “An effort to require so-called ‘dark money’ political groups to reveal their donors hit a snag Tuesday when right-leaning advocacy groups asserted it would discourage S.C. residents from criticizing politicians.”


Site funds, foreign bans, local gift rules and more in today’s political law links

NM:  SITE FUNDING.  AN.  “New Mexico lawmakers are withholding funding for a promised overhaul of the state’s aging campaign finance website that helps the public follow the influence of money in politics, even as the Legislature approved sweeping new disclosures Tuesday on political spending.”

ND:  FOREIGN FUNDS BAN.  BT.  “A bill that would place in state statute a similar prohibition that exists in federal law regarding foreign campaign contributions was heard by a Senate committee on Thursday.”

MO:  FIRST APPROVAL.   NTO.  “The Missouri House has voted to prohibit local elected officials from accepting lobbyist gifts.”

SC:  HEARING DELAY.  MBO.  “Guyton, the former chair of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is accused of exceeding personal campaign contribution limits in 2009 by moving money through corporations controlled by him to candidates and other political groups, according to ethics commission documents. He was previously under investigation by the FBI and IRS, who declined, last year, to pursue criminal charges.”

WA:  SPEAKER TO PAY.  KOMO.  “House Speaker Frank Chopp will pay $6,470 in penalties and attorneys’ fees related to campaign finance violations.”


Political Law Links for Tues., 3.14

FORMS SUBMITTED.  Hill.   “President Trump’s Agriculture secretary nominee has submitted forms detailing how he will avoid potential ethical conflicts if confirmed, according to multiple reports.”

CA:  SUPER PAC HELP.   SB.  “Last spring, as he laid the groundwork for his gubernatorial run, Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa announced the formation of a super PAC he said would ‘harness the compassion and power’ of Californians to fight back against anti-immigrant policies and then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.”

NM:  REFORM GETS OK.   NMPR.  “The bill would require any independent-expenditure group — such as a corporation, union or dark money group — that spends more than $1,000 campaigning during an election cycle to report expenditures and provide information about certain contributors. Any such group that coordinates with a candidate would be subject to contribution limits.”

NM:  DISCLOSURE SOUGHT.   USNR.  “Independent political groups that spend unlimited amounts of money to influence New Mexico elections would have to report the sources of donations under a bill approved by both chambers of the state Legislature.”

SD:  ETHICS CLOSE OUT.  BR.  “Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard spent part of Friday signing a raft of ethics bills into law before lawmakers closed out the main part of the 2017 session. The replacement measures captured the best of the voter initiative while ‘avoiding the worst,’ said Daugaard, who signed off on killing the overhaul last month.”

VA: BALLOT ACCESS SNAFU.  WP.  “If two or more candidates file simultaneously, state code says the order is determined by drawing lots. But the code does not define ‘simultaneously.'”

AUSTRALIA:  FOREIGN MONEY FIGHT.  SMH.  “A deal to block foreign donations in Australian politics has broken down over the inclusion of activist groups, with no agreement between the Coalition and Labor expected in a parliamentary report to be issued on Friday.”

CAN:  REFORM LATER.  GM.  “The B.C. Liberal government has opened the door to limits on political donations for the first time, promising to establish an independent panel to shape reform of what has been described as the ‘wild west’ of campaign finance in Canada.”