10.17 political law links

SELF-FUNDING NEWS. LAT. “Presidential candidates Ross Perot in 1992 and Steve Forbes in 2000 spent the equivalent of a little over $110 million in today’s dollars, modern-day records Steyer could easily break if he keeps spending at the same pace, said Douglas Weber, a senior researcher with the Center for Responsive Politics.”

FOURTH SURRENDERS. USAT. “The fourth suspect still at large in an alleged conspiracy scheme involving associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday.”

CASH SQUEEZE. CNBC. “Former Vice President Joe Biden’s top donors have mixed feelings about the campaign’s path forward now that it has only $8.9 million on hand going into a pivotal fourth quarter.”

PURPOSE UNKNOWN. CLE. “A campaign finance report that Chabot filed at the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday lists the purpose of the expenses as ‘unknown.'”

AZ: ESCAPING FINE. YV. “Attorneys for the Legacy Foundation Action Fund contend that the Citizens Clean Elections Commission lacked the power to impose a $96,000 fine for the commercials targeting former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. They say there was no proof that the ad was done to advance the political fortunes of anyone else in the Republican gubernatorial primary.”

CO: MONEY BATTLE. CS. “Big money is pouring into the Proposition CC campaign – and Colorado voters may never find out where much of it is coming from.”

MN: WHAT WE LEARN. ST. “More than a year remains until the 2020 election. But campaign cash is already flowing to Minnesota’s congressional delegation — and their potential rivals.”

TX: TAPE DISCLOSED. TT. “During a June conversation at the Texas Capitol, Republican House Speaker Dennis Bonnen urged hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan to target members of their own party in the 2020 primaries and suggested he could get Sullivan’s group media access to the House floor, according to a secret recording of the conversation released Tuesday.”


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