10.10.18 Political Law Links

WHAT MONEY BUYS.   HILL.  “While money doesn’t win elections — and the more that is spent during a campaign, the less bang a candidate gets for each buck spent — there’s little doubt that it helps. It mostly helps campaigns buy television and digital advertising spots, which in turn raise the candidate’s recognition among the voters.”

AZ:  COMPLAINT ON MEASURE.   F10.  “Officials with the City of Mesa say they are looking into whether text messages sent in regards to a municipal ballot measure may have violated state election law.”

AR:  DISCLOSURE ADVOCATED.   TNT.  “The Arkansas Senate Ethics Committee has a recommended a rule change that would require state senators who are attorneys or consultants to disclose lobbyist relationships and related income.”

CT:  SUPER PAC COMPLAINT.   EW3.  “Watch dog group, Common Cause, says Change CT has been pumping outside money into Republican state races without disclosing where the money is going.”

GA:  WHAT REPORTS SHOW.   MJO.   “The latest round of campaign finance reports have been filed, giving voters insight into how much money candidates are raising and spending on their bids to gain office.”

SD:  LAWSUIT FILED.   AL.  “A national group that opposes restrictions on political speech is asking a federal judge to declare a South Dakota campaign finance law unconstitutional.”


Good morning, today’s political law links

JUSTICE KAVANAUGH AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   NPR.  “Hints of Kavanaugh’s position can be gleaned from a couple of recent cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — and that position looks not unlike that of his predecessor on the court, retired Justice Kennedy.”

PERSUASION PLAN.   NYT.  “It is unclear whether the Project Rome proposals describe work that would violate laws regulating foreign participation in American elections. Psy-Group hired Covington & Burling, a Washington-based law firm, to conduct a legal review.”

PRESSING FOR AUDIT.   FN.  “California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is facing a new complaint about an obscure fundraising tactic that rakes in thousands from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers — this time, involving supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary.”

AK:  GOVERNORS GROUP FINE.   APR.  “The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Friday found the Republican Governors Association violated state election law. The commission said the violation occurred when the RGA reserved TV time for political advertisements without registering with the state.”

CA:  DEADLINES MISSED.  SFC.  “The president of the board of City College of San Francisco missed deadlines to file required disclosures for campaign finances and conflicts of interest — or failed to file them at all — 10 times since 2014, public records show.”

DC:  FORMER AIDE TO PAY.   WP.  “A former top aide to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has agreed to pay $3,000 to settle an ethics investigation into her use of government staff for babysitting.”

WI:  VOTERS BEWARE.   CBS.  “State Elections Commission officials said Thursday that they’ve been getting questions about a mailer from the Center for Voter Information, which is connected to the nonprofit Voter Participation Center in Washington D.C.”


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BUYING VOTES AND QUID PRO QUO ALLEGED.   HILL.  “‘This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws,’ Collins said. ‘They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, two million plus dollars is going to go to my opponent.'”

SENATOR SECURITY ASK.   BB.  “Citing Russian hacking in the 2016 election and ongoing cyber threats, Senator Ron Wyden asked the Federal Election Commission if campaign funds could be used to protect personal devices and online accounts of members of Congress.”

TRIAL SET.   HR.  “As expected, the public corruption trial of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock will not occur in January.  Rather, it appears the trial could take place in the early summer of 2019 according to Mark Hubbard, a spokesman for Schock.”

EAC PICK.   WH.  “Benjamin Hovland of Maryland, to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for the remainder of a four-year term expiring December 12, 2019.  Mr. Hovland currently serves as Acting Chief Counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Previously, he worked as the Deputy General Counsel for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office. He earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.”

KY:  COSTS PAID.   FK.  “After apologizing and covering the expenses incurred during a recent campaign finance law violation, state Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, hopes to put the issue behind him.”

TX:  CANDIDATE FINED.   DN.  “The Texas Ethics Commission has fined Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Lupe Valdez $1,000 for correcting a report about her primary campaign’s finances four months after the March election.”

TX:  SIGNS BREAK LAWS.   DRC.  “Political signs are allowed on public property only if it’s a polling location and only once voting for the election has started. Early voting will not start at the Civic Center until Oct. 22.”

TX:  FUNDING FOR (C)(4).  DN.  “Huffines, R-Dallas, gave the American Liberty Network $150,000 in January, the only donation from a politician it received all year, according to ethics filings. Soon after, the group’s Texas chapter sent mailers and made robocalls attacking Paxton and her husband, Attorney General Ken Paxton.”