Compliance Notes – Vol. 2, number 27 | Nossaman LLP
RECENT UPDATES ON LOBBYING, ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCING
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Campaign funding and lobbying compliance
Commissioner Sean Cooksey has proposed a policy that would require public notice of votes the Federal Election Commission (FEC) takes on disputes, including those where the FEC refuses to defend itself due to a lack of agreement between the commissioners . (Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner)
Former Massachusetts congressional candidate Abhijit Das has been indicted on federal charges for receiving excessive contributions and filing false reports with the FEC. Das allegedly solicited at least $ 125,000 in illegal campaign contributions and then used his campaign account to pay personal debts. (Marie Szaniszlo, Boston Herald)
Ohio: State candidates will be able to use campaign funds for child care under the newly introduced legislation. (Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Newspaper)
Michigan: State Republican Party to Pay $ 200,000 to Settle Campaign Funding Claims It Used Its Funds in “Secret Deal” to Persuade Stan Grot to Withdraw from Nomination Race of the party to the post of secretary of state. (Craig Mauger, Detroit News)
Montana: A state judge blocked two provisions of a new campaign finance bill. The first provision affected electoral contributions to judges and the second regulated the functioning of political committees on college campuses. (Mara Silvers, Montana Free Press)
Ethics and government transparency
Timing of former South Carolina Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue of Archer-Daniels-Midland’s purchase of a grain mill comes into question as the mill appeared to be sold at a very bargain price . (Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Texas: A federal jury found Dallas developer Ruel Hamilton guilty of charges relating to payments he made to two city council members in exchange for help with his low-income housing development project. (Jason Trahan, WFAA)
An investigative report examined political contributions made by executives of private equity firms to support a Massachusetts charter school voting measure in 2018 that had close ties to Gov. Charlie Baker. The report raises questions about the role of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) pay-to-play rules for contributions to voting measures committees and Super PACs linked to candidates or public officials who may influence the award of public contracts. (Matthew Cunningham-Cook, Interception)
California: Gov. Gavin Newsom sued Secretary of State for including his Democratic Party designation on the recall ballot after missing the narrow seven-day window to file documents to indicate his party preference after accepting petitions from reminder by the secretary. (Kevin Yamamura, Politics)
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that California’s collection of donor information from charities soliciting contributions in the state was an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment freedom of association. (Adam Liptak, The New York Times