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LEGAL BILLS PAID. HILL. “President Trump’s campaign spent nearly $100,000 of donor money to a law firm representing Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, ABC News reported Friday.”

BODYGUARD PAID. CNBC. “A company owned by Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s former longtime bodyguard, has received $225,000 from the Republican National Committee for security consulting since he left his job as White House director of Oval Office operations in September 2017, according to interviews and newly released campaign filings.”

AOC VIRAL. MASH. “Maybe you’ve never heard of the H.R. 1 bill, but chances are you’ve seen the viral video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing what she’s called the ‘Corruption Game.'”

BAN INTRODUCED. SLO. “The Corporate Political Disclosure Act of 2019 would require publicly traded corporations to disclose political expenditures to their shareholders and to the general public through the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

CA: EASING ACCESS. CPR. “Californians can already access campaign finance records online for state and federal candidates. But those same records aren’t as easy to find for candidates in city and county races.”

CA: ALLEGATIONS FORWARDED. DE. “The Davis City Council has forwarded allegations that opponents of Measure L violated the Political Reform Act to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the state Fair Political Practices Commission for further review.”

IL: GROUPS READY. HR. “Two ‘dark money’ groups are stepping up to separately promote and attack the new governor’s agenda.”

NV: MONEY RAISED. NI. “The collected data offers a picture, though, of how the most powerful and well-connected industries in Nevada — gaming, energy and organized labor — contribute to campaigns and offers a glimpse at how legislative campaigns are funded and operate.”


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ADJUSTED LIMITS ANNOUNCED. FEC. “The Federal Election Commission announced updated contribution limits that have been indexed for inflation and are effective for federal elections in 2019-2020.”

REMAINING ISSUES. CNBC. “Michael Cohen might be headed to prison, but federal prosecutors are continuing to investigate issues related to the campaign finance crimes that brought down the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump.”

DOCUMENTS SOUGHT. CNN. “Democratic lawmakers pressed the National Rifle Association for more information around millions of dollars in donations the group funneled towards the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Republican congressional candidates in a letter to the NRA’s president Wednesday.”

CO: POSSIBLE VIOLATION. DP. “The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday it will investigate a campaign finance complaint against the group that spearheaded last November’s unsuccessful ballot measure that would have reduced new oil and gas production in Colorado.”

IN: NO VIOLATIONS. FG. “The Indiana Election Commission says House Speaker Brian Bosma did not violate state laws when he used campaign funds to investigate a former intern who alleged they had a sexual encounter in the early 1990s.”

TX: FINED UNPAID. TM. “As of the most recent updating on Feb. 4, the agency’s delinquent filer list shows that 327 Texas officeholders and political candidates owe more than $1.3 million in fines for being lax on those financial statements.”

WI: LEADING REFORM. UM. “State Sen. Chris Larson, Democrat from Milwaukee, is taking the lead in the Wisconsin State Senate on the issue of campaign finance reform.”


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VALUE OF POLITICAL LAW ADVICE.  CE. “With the 116th Congress convening and the 2020 presidential race months away from beginning in earnest, it may seem that now would be the time to care least about the complex web of rules that regulate campaign activity across the country.  In reality, it’s the time to care the most.

ETHICS NOTED. HP. “Three former staffers said Klobuchar has tasked them or their co-workers with performing personal errands, such as making her personal appointments, washing dishes at her home or picking up her dry cleaning. Senate staff are generally prohibited by Senate ethics rules from performing personal duties for members.”

AOC ON MONEY. RC. “In a hearing about government ethics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned the spotlight on her colleagues in the room.”

HR 1 VIEW. NR. “If this is the Democratic agenda, it represents the very creeping authoritarianism they purport to oppose. It should not pass the House. If it does, it must fail in the Senate.”

HR 1 HEARING. C-SPAN. “The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1, a bill on voting rights, campaign finance and ethics rules.”

ETHICS BLAST. GEXEC. “Republican lawmakers on Wednesday condemned a Democratic bill that includes vast new oversight to ensure ethical behavior by federal employees, though their criticism focused primarily on other provisions of the sweeping reform package rather than those aimed at the civil service.”

PROBE CLOSED. MH. “U.S. Senate ethics committee has closed its inquiry into Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez over gifts he received from a friend that led to federal corruption charges.”

MD: ETHICS REDACTION. BS. “A proposal to bring Baltimore in line with state ethics laws would shield the home addresses of city employees in public financial disclosures — a move that would make it difficult for the public to know whether residency requirements for officials are being followed.”

TX: KIDS GIVE. DM. “Can a 16-year-old knowingly and willfully give $1,000 to a candidate from his or her own funds? Yeah, maybe. But what about a 3-year-old?”