11.4.19 political law links

FEC WEEKLY DIGEST. Last week’s Digest is here.

DARK MONEY 101. TRIB. “With the 2020 campaign season upon us, ‘dark money’ is again in the news.”

MA: PAC TIES. BBJ. “Local elections tend to draw less intensity and a smaller crowd than presidential and statewide contests, despite the ground-level impact of municipal officials. But this year’s elections have also attracted a super PAC with ties to Gov. Charlie Baker and donations from top Massachusetts executives.”

NY: COMMISSION WEIGHS. NYDN. “Gov. Cuomo insisted Friday he’s a fan of fusion voting after repeatedly saying he has no opinion on whether the state commission created to craft a plan for publicly-financed elections does away with state election rules that let candidates run on multiple ballot lines.”

NY: KEEP IT LOCAL. TU. “The saying goes that all politics is local, but under current laws, campaign finance is anything but.”

VA: PAC PUMP. LT. “The Democratic-leaning Justice and Public Safety Political Action Committee, a Super PAC based in Washington, DC, and funded by billionaire investor George Soros, has spent almost $659,000 supporting Leesburg attorney Buta Biberaj’s campaign for Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney, according to the latest campaign finance disclosure reports.

WA: AMAZON HIT. TS. “Jayapal told reporters Friday morning that she was “extremely disturbed” by Amazon’s donation of $1.5 million to a local Super PAC that is supporting seven Amazon-approved candidates.”


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