10.23.18 political law links

LOBBYING MACHINE.   WP.  “The question isn’t why organizations are distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia now; the real question is why did Washington wait to sour on the Saudis? The short answer: the Saudis’ extraordinary spending on influence in the United States.”

MA:  QUESTIONS ON MEASURE.   WBGH.  “If it passes, it would create a commission that would write a report on limiting money in politics and propose language for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the 28th — that would help regulate campaign spending.”

NC:  COORDINATION ALLEGED.   NO. “The N.C. Republican Party has filed a campaign finance complaint against N.C. Supreme Court Democratic candidate Anita Earls over an ad produced by her campaign that’s now being broadcast by a dark money group.”

OR:  TRANSPARENCY SOUGHT.   PH. “The amendment, sponsored by City Councilor Belinda Ray, who is up for re-election, calls for an additional report to be filed 42 days before the election – a requirement that already exists for state-level races. Portland’s charter amendment would only apply to candidates, not political action or ballot question committees.”

SD:  BALLOT MEASURE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   AL. “The fight over South Dakota’s campaign finance and ethics law isn’t over.”

TN:  WHAT ARE LIMITS.   KTN.  “In Tennessee, campaign contribution limits have gone up for the 2018 elections based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.”


10.22.18 political law links

CA:  EMAIL DESTRUCTION.   VOC.  “Government emails and text messages about enforcement of Orange County’s campaign finance laws will be destroyed two years after they’re sent or received, under a policy county supervisors approved Tuesday.”

CO:  NO VIOLATION FOUND.   CBS. “The Secretary of State found Polis did not violate Colorado’s campaign finance laws as alleged.  A forensic accountant accused Polis of violating the rules. Kris Cook, Treasurer of the Denver Republican Party, filed a campaign finance complaint with the Secretary of State’s office.”

NC:  PFIZER FINED.   PP.  “The contributions, totaling $53,500 to 36 different committees, were uncovered in an audit earlier this year. They came on June 21, 2016 and October 16 2017 — both days when the General Assembly was in session. Under state law, contributions are prohibited during legislative sessions.”

OR:  REFORM ENDORSED.   OL.  “The measure would bar companies and unions from donating to candidates, limit individual or political committee donations to $500 for candidates and levy other restrictions on spending. And yet those key parts of the proposal aren’t even constitutional under Oregon Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court decisions.”

SD:  REPORTS DUE.  KL.  “Monday is the last day South Dakota residents can register to vote in the November 6 general election. It’s also the deadline for candidates in that election to file pre-election campaign finance reports.”


10.18.18 political law links

AK:  BILL CLASH.  NM.  “The two candidates for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives clashed over campaign financing and the 2017 tax cut law on Tuesday afternoon in Fairbanks.”

AR:  LOBBYIST REPORTING.  AO.  “The state Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday recommended broadening the rules on who must report their relationships with lobbyists.”

AZ:  ALLEGATIONS AGAINST GROUP.   AZC.  “NoDDC, a Scottsdale group opposed to a desert education center in the city’s preserve, violated campaign finance laws by failing to register as a political action committee and using money to influence the upcoming election, according to the city.”

FL:  NO APPEAL.   NN.  “The Naples City Council has chosen not to appeal a Collier County circuit court judge’s ruling that an ethics referendum can go before the voters.”

IL:  IT’S A RECORD.  CF.  “Democrat J.B. Pritzker has pumped more of his own money into a campaign than any other self-financing candidate in U.S. history.  The Gold Coast billionaire’s $146.5 million has bought him a place in the record books, breezing past Republican Meg Whitman, who set the previous record in 2010, when the former eBay honcho churned $144 million of her own fortune into her losing battle against Democrat Jerry Brown.”

MD:  ETHICS PLAN.   BS.  “Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous released a plan Wednesday for ethics reform in state government in which he pledged to refuse all meetings with lobbyists convicted of fraud or corruption crimes.”

TX:   REPORT FOLLOW-UP.   KTV.  “City council candidates who’ve failed to file campaign finance reports gave 6 Investigates plenty of reasons, including some who claim they’ve raised no money, when asked on Wednesday to explain their tardiness.”