11.16 political law links

RUN-OFF LIMITS. COV. “Donors seeking to make contributions to support their preferred candidates in these run-offs should be mindful of a variety of restrictions…”

TRANSITION GUIDELINES. COV. “In the alert, we answer key compliance questions regarding the Biden-Harris Transition and the Biden Inaugural Committee.”

PALAZZO PROBE. MST. “The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo’s campaign spending, after a watchdog group in March filed a complaint questioning whether he was using campaign contributions as a “’personal slush fund.'”

FUND DESTINATION. NPR. “Fischer says the language of the Trump campaign’s fundraising emails could severely mislead his supporters.”

MONEY FLOW. TVD. “The unusual way the Trump campaign is divvying up the contributions has drawn scrutiny from election watchdogs, who say Trump and his family are poised to financially benefit from the arrangement.”

FEC PACK. WHO. “Senate Republicans plan to move forward with three Federal Election Commission (FEC) nominations next week, raising concerns that the party is attempting to pack the panel with ‘partisans’ after blocking it from enforcing election laws for more than a year.”

CHAIR ON CLAIMS. NM. “‘State law allows those observers to be in there,’ he said, adding if the law isn’t being followed then this election is ‘illegitimate.'”

FORWARD ON REFORM. HILL. “The amount of money raised and spent this election cycle for president, Senate and House is obscene. Now is the time for serious and meaningful campaign finance reforms.”

CA: COMPLAINTS UP. LAT. “California’s political watchdog agency saw a big jump in the number of complaints alleging campaign law violations for the November election, even in comparison to the tumultuous 2016 presidential election year, and dozens of investigations are ongoing, officials say.”

MO: CLEARED IN CASE. STL. “Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has closed an investigation into Democratic Auditor Nicole Galloway over a GOP group’s allegations of campaign finance violations.”

SD: PITCH CONFUSION. NBC. “Federal election law makes it difficult for state campaign committees like Noem’s to donate to federal campaigns because it would have to ensure the donations it receives meet federal contribution limits.”

FRA: DECISIONS MADE. LF. “It’s a juicy story, if a bit confusing. The scandal involves a labyrinth of political operatives, secret bank accounts and—of course—two early modern Dutch paintings. It also involves the idiosyncrasies of French criminal procedure.”


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