2.26.18 political law links

STILL SPENDING.   PE.   “While federal law forbids the use of campaign dollars for personal expenses, in many cases, the zombie spending goes to charity or to active political candidates and causes.”

CA:  DEVELOPER CHARGED.   LAT.  “The developer of a controversial $72-million apartment project was charged Friday with making illegal campaign contributions to local politicians while seeking a change to the zoning of his property in L.A.’s Harbor Gateway neighborhood.”

IL:  CONTRIBUTIONS RETURNED.   DH.  “Republican attorney general candidate Gary Grasso has returned nearly $30,000 in campaign contributions that exceeded state limits for donors or improperly came from foreign entities.”

NE:  UNUSED FUNDS LAW.  JS.  “Unspent campaign funds could be returned to donors, donated to charity, or transferred to a political party, under original provisions of the state’s Political Accountability and Disclosure Act.”

NY:  EXECUTIVE ORDER IN THE NEWS.   NYT.  “The executive order explicitly forbids appointees from soliciting donations for the governor. Yet multiple appointees have done so, like Mr. Weiss and Mr. Manning last fall, raising a considerable additional amount for Mr. Cuomo.”

NC:  TESTING STATE LAWS.    WRAL.  “FLIP NC is one of dozens of progressive entities that have sprouted up since President Donald Trump’s election. Like many of these groups, FLIP NC is associated with Indivisible, a movement tied together primarily by the Indivisible Guide, a field manual for liberal activism published by former congressional staffers shortly after the 2016 election.”

TX:  FUNDS CLARIFICATION.   TRN.  “Ian Steusloff, TEC general counsel, said personal use ‘primarily furthers individual or family purposes not connected with campaign or officeholders’ duties or activities.'”

TX:  COMPLAINT REVIEW.   TT.  “A criminal complaint against Empower Texans, a conservative group that mailed out an attack ad resembling an official government notice that targeted GOP state Rep. Charlie Geren, is ‘under review’ by the Travis County District Attorney’s office, The Texas Tribune has learned.”


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