10.12 political law links

WELCOME VACATUR.  CF.  “This ‘welcome restraint’ doctrine conflicts with settled Supreme Court decisions protecting free speech on the campaign trail…”

CONTRIBUTION STATUS.  KTLA.  “Hillary Clinton said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that she will donate the money Harvey Weinstein contributed to her political campaigns after multiple sexual assault allegations were leveled against the powerful Hollywood mogul.”

TRAVEL ISSUES.  CNN.  “Secretary Ryan Zinke has mixed official business with political activities and visits home, raising questions about the appropriateness of the trips and whether any ethics rules have been violated.”

FIRM TARGETED.  SLA.  “The news of Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the Russia probe comes as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are also being swept into the larger investigation of how exactly Russia worked to manipulate voters in the run-up Trump’s election victory.”

CA:  DISCLOSE ACT LAW.  IPL.  “On Saturday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California DISCLOSE Act, AB249, into law.”

CA:  FINANCE QUESTIONS.  SG.   “Republican Nicholas Weinstein filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections claiming that several of Boland’s campaign contributions exceeded a $1,000 limit set by state law.”

GA:  COMMISSION ACTIVE.  JDS.  “In recent weeks, the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (Commission) has undertaken a pair of important actions that indicate the agency’s desire to play a more expansive regulatory role on campaign finance and ethics matters heading into the 2018 election cycle.”

MO:  AGAINST DUAL ROLES.  STL.  “A sitting alderman shouldn’t work as a lobbyist for a firm doing business with the city.”

NJ:  PAY TO PLAY DELAY.  MCC.  “Neisser is the latest of 11 people who have pleaded guilty in cases stemming from the FBI’s years-long investigation of pay-to-play politics in Allentown and Reading to have his sentencing delayed.”


10.11 political law links

TWITTER FLIP.  POL.  “Twitter is reversing a decision to block Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee from promoting her Senate campaign launch video on the social network.”

HOW TO REGULATE INTERNET.  WE.  “The agency Tuesday started a comment period for the public and special interests to suggest ideas on how to regulate internet-based political ads and paid comments that come over those small devices via big websites.”

STATUS OF REFUNDS.  RGJ.  “Asked if the Clinton-Kaine campaign will return contributions it received from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Sen. Tim Kaine repeatedly said the campaign is over. That’s true, but it doesn’t mean the campaign can’t refund donations.”

MURPHY MONEY.  TI.  “So what happens to all that money — some $1.4 million in all — without Murphy in the picture and with both parties anxiously eyeing the vacancy he’ll leave behind?”

OGE LETTER.  WP.  “The recently appointed federal ethics chief has called on Cabinet secretaries and other government leaders to double down on their commitment to ethical conduct, to ensure their actions are ‘motivated by the public good and not by personal interests.’”

TRANSITION ETHICS.  HILL.  “The Trump-Pence transition team at times broke with past precedent during its transfer into the White House, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.”

CO:  NEW LAW IMPACT.  DP.  “A new campaign finance law for Colorado school board races is causing headaches for candidates in the state’s top-line elections in 2018 — from governor to attorney general and beyond — by requiring them to effectively file daily donation reports more than eight months before their primary contests.”

CT:  SELF-INVESTING.  CM.  “Greenwich hedge-fund manager David Stemerman put down a big marker Tuesday in his newly opened campaign for governor of Connecticut, filing a finance report that shows an initial personal investment of $1.8 million in his first race for statewide office.”


10.10 political law links

POLITICAL LAW-RELATED JOB ALERT.   ARIS.   Aristotle is looking for a Political Compliance Manager in Washington, DC.

GOOGLE TOO.   NYT.  “Google has found evidence that Russian agents bought ads on its wide-ranging networks in an effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.”

FB EMBEDS.   CBS.  “As digital director, he’s being drawn into the investigation of whether the campaign colluded with the Russians in the election.”

TWITTER RESTRICTS AD.   CNBC.  “Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement ad has been blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.”

AXIOS ON ADS.  AXI.  “As new evidence emerges of the Russians’ paid and organic digital media tactics, we’re starting to see that Russian operatives intentionally used many small, segregated campaigns across many automated platforms that often aren’t monitored by people, making it harder to get caught in the moment, if at all.”

DISCLAIMER CONTEXT.  AXI.  “Lawmakers and regulators are looking for ways to create transparency around political ads on Google and Facebook, in light of the revelations of Russian-bought political ads. But how did we get here in the first place?”

JEFFERSON OUT.  WP.  “Former congressman William J. Jefferson will go free from prison after a federal judge in Alexandria vacated his convictions on seven of 10 corruption charges and said Jefferson should get a new sentence in what remains of his case.”

DOUBLE DOWN.  BN.  “Most of those business ties never produced any controversy, but Collins’ investment in Innate landed him in the political scrape of his life: a House Ethics Committee investigation that’s expected to culminate in a report this week.”

CA:  NEW RULES.   FB.  “Amid debate among California campaign officials over whether it would hinder their accountability work, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure aimed at providing voters with more information about deep-pocketed groups that pay for political advertisements.”

CO:  CLOSING DOORS.  DP.  “Colorado Ethics Watch, the ethics advocacy group that has spent the last decade ensuring Colorado’s campaign finance and ethics laws are followed, announced Thursday it will cease operations at the end of the year.”

FL:  LEGAL FEES AHEAD.   SPB.  “Attorneys for the city advised against the council approving the measure, arguing that the case will likely be challenged in court on First Amendment grounds and could lead up to $2 million or more in legal fees. But Rice said Saturday that the city’s taxpayers shouldn’t be fearful.”