12-12 political law links

SUPPORT ALLEGATION. AP. “In a public statement, DSA alleges that Joseph Paolino Jr., managing partner of Paolino Properties and a former mayor of Providence, provided services to the Buttigieg campaign free of charge—something that should be considered an in-kind donation or charged to the campaign at a fair market price.”

CA: CONTRIBUTIONS AT ISSUE. VC. “The Ojai school board president and several others allegedly helped conceal more than $1.8 million in excessive campaign contributions between 2016 and 2018, according to a federal indictment.”

NY: REFORM UPDATE. NYP. “You’ve got to give Gov. Cuomo points for chutzpah. Just days after praising the Public Campaign Finance Commission for slashing maximum donations to candidates for state office, there he was at a huge $25,000-a-table fundraiser for his birthday.”

PA: SUIT FINE. WTAE. “Outgoing City Councilwoman Darlene Harris is suing the City of Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto and the city’s ethics board and its top ethics official.”


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RECORD SMASH. FORTUNE. “The 2020 presidential election season has been a hot one for fundraising and may be headed for a record, according to a Fortune analysis of Federal Election Commission data.”

HOUSE HAMMER. WE. “A super PAC aligned with President Trump is spending $2 million this week to hammer House Democrats in vulnerable districts who voted to start impeachment proceedings.”

ALLEGED COORDINATION. WT. “The information contained on the Peters campaign webpage appeared identical to the content appearing in pro-Peters TV ads run by VoteVets last month as part of a $750,000 ad buy.”

CO: COST OF LOW LIMITS. DP. “Campaign contribution limits help give rise to ‘dark money’…”

NY: LEGISLATORS REJECT. NYDN. “New York had a historic opportunity to break the tight grip of special interests and big money in our elections, take a giant step towards ending the era of dysfunction in Albany and empower everyday New Yorkers by making their voices heard through fundamental changes to our campaign finance policies.”

TX: GUILTY PLEA. HC. “James Dannenbaum, the former head of a prominent Texas engineering firm and a major political donor, pleaded guilty Friday to circumventing federal election laws by helping employees funnel illegal campaign contributions to congressional and U.S. Senate candidates.”