3.19.18 political law links

TWO BARRED.   IN.  “The Securities and Exchange Commission has barred Gregg Z. Schonhorn of Short Hills, N.J., and Deborah Kelley of Piedmont, Calif., for their role in a ‘pay-to-play’ arrangement involving the New York State Common Retirement Fund that netted the registered representatives millions of dollars in trading commissions.”

AZ:  TRAINING OFFERED.   PN.  “Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office will conduct two campaign finance trainings in Phoenix on April 4 and April 5. The next campaign finance report is due Monday, April 16.”

CA:  REFORM EFFORT.   MH. “In the wake of increasingly expensive county supervisorial races over the past decade or so, work has started on a once-dormant Monterey County campaign finance reform effort aimed at establishing contribution limits or even a spending cap for all county elected officials.”

ID:  MAJOR REFORM.   SM. “Overall, the measure requires more frequent and more detailed campaign finance reporting, extends reporting requirements to local elections, and requires entities doing independent campaign expenditures and out-of-state entities donating large sums to Idaho PACs or candidates to identify the source of the money.”

IL:  SELF-FUNDER.  SJR.  “Prior to hitting the parade route along Columbus Drive, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker defended putting another $6.3 million of his fortune into his campaign, a move he disclosed Friday night. It brought the record-setting, self-funding total of the billionaire heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune to $69.5 million.”

IL:  DONATION TIMING.   CST.  “More than a dozen employees of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office and their family members made campaign contributions to Brown within six months of getting a promotion and pay raise, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.”

TX:  FINE AFTER CASE.   KSAT.  “The Texas Ethics Commission fined state Sen. Carlos Uresti $500 after he was found guilty in a Ponzi scheme.”

TX:  SUIT TO STOP.   FWT.  “A Tea Party group known for waging aggressive campaigns against establishment Republicans is suing in federal court to prohibit criminal investigations into the strategy it used to attack state Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, in the GOP primary.”


3.15.18 political law links

LEFTOVER FUNDS USED.   CNN.  “When Mick Mulvaney left Congress to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet in early 2017, he kept his re-election bank account alive and has spent more than $50,000 from it since, including donations to several Republican lawmakers the White House was lobbying.”

FACING NEW RULES.    BB.  “Political ad buyers on Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and other online platforms could face stricter disclosure requirements after the Federal Election Commission voted unanimously to move ahead on new rules for the internet.”

DC:  PUBLIC FINANCING SIGNED.   WAMU.  “In a turnaround that caught many by surprise, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday signed a bill creating a public financing program for local campaigns — and said she would fund it in her upcoming budget.”

NC:  APPOINTMENTS TO BE MADE.    PP.  “Gov. Roy Cooper will make appointments to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement this week while litigation over lawmakers’ structure of the board is pending.”

OR:  CONTROLLING THE SYSTEM.   PM.  “Under an ordinance that Portland City Council passed in an unexpected maneuver on March 8, the system–which will give money to future candidates for city commissioner–is now under the direct control of a sitting city commissioner.”

TN:  COMPLAINTS DISMISSED.   USN.  “A Tennessee panel has dismissed two campaign finance complaints against Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black in her gubernatorial bid.”


3.13.18 political law links

CA:  FINE AGREED TO.   LAT.  “Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) has agreed to pay $4,000 in fines to the state’s campaign watchdog agency for failing to properly disclose contributions made and received by her 2014 campaign for the Legislature, according to documents released Monday.”

MD:  MATCHING FUNDS UPDATE.   BM.  “A provision in Montgomery County’s new public campaign financing system has caused several at-large County Council candidates to be ruled ineligible to receive matching county funds based on the small-dollar contributions they’ve received.”

NY:  REFORMS PROPOSED.   LG.  “The New York State Senate Democratic Conference is sponsoring eight bills they say will bring about stronger campaign finance regulations.”

NY:  ALLEGED PERSONAL USE.   NYP.  “A Westchester mayor swiped tens of thousands of dollars from his campaign war chest to pay for a slew of personal expenses, including car payments, a $2,000 Chanel purse and a $114 meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp, authorities charged Monday.”

PA:  ETHICS REFORM.   PPG.  “Under a proposal put forth Monday by Gov. Tom Wolf, public officials would be subject to a gift ban, new campaign finance limits would be enacted, lawmakers would need to provide receipts for reimbursements, and top state officials wouldn’t be paid until a complete budget is passed every year.”