01.29.2018 political law links

OPENING FOR REFORM.  HILL.  “What does it mean then to be in a post-television era? The assumption that Buckley made in drawing an analogy between money, gasoline, and political speech is less viable now than it was in 1976.”

KS:  DATABASE TAKEN DOWN.   GT.  “Kansas state government has made the last four Social Security digits of thousands of Kansas state workers available to the public for more than a decade.”

NC:  SUPER PAC REPORT.   WRAL.  “Eyes went wide and lawyers cringed Thursday afternoon when Lt. Gov. Dan Forest’s campaign took credit for a $1 million donation to a super-PAC that supported him in the last election.”

NC:  TICKET PAYMENTS.   NO.  “After the Democratic governor won election in 2016, his campaign continued spending big bucks throughout 2017 – including more than $9,000 on tickets to events at UNC-Chapel Hill.”

TX:  HARVEY RELIEF.   EN.  “As top office-holders madly raise funds before the March 6 primary, some are donating campaign dollars to a philanthropic cause — Hurricane Harvey relief.”


Political law links for 1/25/18

TECH LOBBYING.  TIME.  “When it comes to corporate lobbying efforts, Google outspent other major technology firms last year by millions of dollars, and took the top spot among companies more broadly.”

LOBBY BIZ STATUS.   POL.  “Lobbyists across town raked in a total of more than $3.3 billion during the first year of Trump’s administration, according to figures compiled for POLITICO by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

DC:  HEAT ON MAYOR ON PUBLIC FUNDING.   WP.  “The position Bowser has staked out is surprising for the leader of a progressive city — all the more so because the campaign finance rules advanced by the D.C. Council have been widely adopted elsewhere.”

MO:  WEIGHING GIFT BAN.   MPR.  “The Missouri Senate committee on ethics is considering the proposed ban on lobbyist gifts that passed last week in the House.”

NY: GUILTY PLEA. NYT. “A campaign donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio secretly pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery, admitting that he used his contributions to the mayor to try to win favorable lease terms for a restaurant he owned on city property, newly unsealed court records show.”

SD:  FILLING GAP.   ST.  “South Dakota Senate lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at requiring ballot measure campaigns to disclose their donors while supporters gather support to put initiatives on the ballot.”


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TASK FORCE REPORT. ROC. “As part of their work on the task force, Primo and Milyo conducted two national surveys in 2015 and 2016 to assess the public’s views on campaign finance, how concerned the public is about the role money plays in the political system, and what—if anything—should be done about it.”

NY: ERASE STAIN. CNS. “No longer accepting campaign donations after his treatment of Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Harvey Weinstein raised eyebrows, New York District Attorney Cy Vance said Monday he is in full compliance with a nonprofit’s new report about reducing conflicts of interest.”

TX: LIMITS PUSH. EN. “While the city limits council campaign donations to $500 per reporting cycle, the county has no limits. While the municipal code places restrictions on contributions from entities seeking contracts with the city — no donations to council members from the 10th day after the release of a request for proposal until 30 days after a contract is awarded — the county has no similar regulations.”

WI: VOTE TO OUST. JSO. “Republican state senators Tuesday denied the confirmations of the directors of Wisconsin’s ethics and elections commissions — and the leader of the state Senate said he hoped to remove two civil servants at those agencies next.”

CAN: STANDING BY LAW. TS. “The Liberal government is standing by its campaign finance law, which the Working Families coalition of unions is challenging in court as unconstitutional.”