Compliance Notes – Vol. 2, Situation 23: | Nossaman LLP
LATEST UPDATES ON LOBBYING, ETHICS & CAMPAIGN FINANCING
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Campaign funding and lobbying compliance
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated a portion of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) that prevented candidates from repaying more than $ 250,000 in personal loans for their campaigns from funds raised after their election. (Karl Evers-Hillstrom, The Hill)
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is reportedly being investigated for campaign contributions from employees while he was in the private sector. According to reports, some DeJoy employees felt pressured to make financial contributions and some were reportedly reimbursed for their contributions through bonuses. (Katie Benner, New York Times)
California: The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has announced that it will investigate former Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli for allegedly misusing campaign funds by paying a friend and an executive at his winery, and spending on alcohol and travel. (Julie Johnson, Cynthia Dizikes & Alexandria Bordas, San Francisco Chronicle)
Government Ethics and Transparency
Illinois: In a motion to dismiss federal bribery charges, four defendants alleged that their conduct in relation to recruiting for positions in the Commonwealth of Edison, based on recommendations from former spokesman Madigan, was “ordinary participation in the political process.” (Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune) The new Illinois ethics reform bill, which the governor has announced that it will sign, will not override Chicago ethics rules. An earlier version of the bill would have. (Heather Cherone, WTTW)
Social media platforms
Through a decision by its supervisory body, Facebook extended the suspension of former President Donald Trump from social media platforms by two years. (Shannon Bond, NPR)
Florida: NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association are suing the state of Florida for alleged First Amendment violations of freedom of speech resulting from the state’s new law that would penalize major social media platforms for removing content or banning politicians. (Brendan Farrington, AP News)