12.4 political law links

AWAITING FATE. TB. “A federal judge is expected to sentence former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on Monday for fraud and other charges related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.”

INVESTMENT FUNDS. CJ. “John Thune has so much campaign money socked away that he now makes more from interest and dividends than some other politicians collect from donors.”

DONOR DISCLOSURE. AL. “But in a state where out-of-state interference is seen as poisonous by many voters, the true identity of the donors to Highway 31, which exists to support Democratic candidate Doug Jones, has been carefully shielded from Alabama voters by legally evading Federal Election Commission disclosure rules.”

CORPORATE MEDIA LOBBYING GAME. PC. While both the Times and the Obama administration believed in sweeping government censorship during elections — or at least when most voters pay attention (i.e., right before Election Day) — they thought one group should be exempt from these prohibitions: newspapers and other media outlets.”

CA: COUNCILWOMAN CLEARED. OCR. “Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley was cleared of any wrongdoing by the California Fair Political Practices Commission following a complaint that she solicited campaign donations under the pretext of charitable giving.”


11.30 political law links

COGEL 2017.   Next week’s COGEL in Toronto is filled with interesting sessions, as usual.  The full schedule is here.  I’m afraid I couldn’t attend this year, but I’ll be following @CogelInfo for updates!

CHALLENGE REJECTED.   JUR.  “Ultimately the court upheld the per-election structure for setting contribution ceilings.”

FUNDRAISING QUESTIONED.    DC.  “A shady Republican political action committee (PAC) is asking supporters of Fox News host Laura Ingraham for money to help support her 2018 run for Senate.”

“DARK MONEY” LOVE.   NYP.  “So who’s funding this extraordinary legal battle with the White House? English’s lead attorney, Deepak Gupta, refuses to say.”

AZ:  DISCLOSURE INITIATIVE.  USN.  “A new initiative effort was launched Wednesday seeking to require the disclosure of the source of all political donations in Arizona over $2,500, even if they are funneled through so-called ‘dark money’ groups.”

CO:  LOBBYIST REPORTING.   KUNC.  “Because several of the lobbyists work for law firms, the lobbyists are paid by the firm, not from specific clients. According to the Secretary of State’s office, that means they don’t necessarily have to report income from specific clients.”

CT:  MAYOR SETBACK.   HC.  “A federal judge threw cold water on Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim’s gubernatorial aspirations Wednesday, dismissing his challenge to a state law that prevents him, as a politician convicted of corruption while in office, of obtaining public campaign financing.”

FL:  COMMISSIONER CLEARED.   SS.  “A Pompano Beach city commissioner’s campaign finance practices might have been careless and negligent, but it was not criminal, the Broward State Attorney’s Office ruled this week.”


11.29 political law links

CHALLENGE REJECTED. JAX. “In a case brought by a Florida couple, a federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a challenge to a campaign-finance law that places limits on contributions in primary and general elections.” IFS has the opinion and more here.

PROTECT SPEECH PLEA. EFF. “As Congress and the Federal Elections Commission explore ways to counter foreign influence in U.S. elections through greater campaign finance disclosures, EFF has filed comments reminding policy makers of the danger of going too far.”

CT: FINANCING FIGHT. COU. “Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, who served nearly seven years in prison on federal corruption charges, will appear before a federal judge Wednesday in an effort to overturn a state law that bars anyone guilty of a public corruption felony from getting public campaign financing.”

ID: BILL TO REVISE. IDE. “Idaho lawmakers are slated to reconvene in Boise in January, and they’ll hear a proposal to increase the state’s disclosure requirements for political candidates.”

NM: CAN USE FUNDS. NMPR. “A federal judge said U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce can use money raised for federal office in his campaign for governor, giving his campaign a big boost.”