RECENT UPDATES ON LOBBYING, ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCING
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Campaign funding and lobbying compliance
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of the Biparty Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) that prevented candidates from repaying more than $ 250,000 in personal loans to their campaigns from funds raised after they left. election. (Karl Evers-Hillström, The hill)
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is said to be the subject of a federal investigation in connection with campaign contributions made by employees while in the private sector. According to reports, some employees felt pressured by DeJoy to make financial contributions and some were reportedly reimbursed for their contributions through bonuses. (Katie Benner, The New York Times)
California: The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) said it was investigating former Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli for allegedly abusing campaign funds by making payments to a girlfriend and an executive in her cellar and spending alcohol and traveling. (Julie Johnson, Cynthia Dizikes & Alexandria Bordas, Chronicle of San Francisco)
Ethics and government transparency
Illinois: In a motion to dismiss federal corruption charges, four defendants claimed that their conduct in hiring people for positions at Commonwealth Edison on the basis of former President Madigan’s recommendations was “ordinary participation in the political process “. (Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune) Illinois’ new ethics reform bill passed by the legislature, which the governor has indicated he will sign, will not override Chicago’s ethics rules. An earlier version of the bill would have done so. (Heather Cherone, WTTW)
Social media platforms
By a decision of its supervisory board, Facebook extended for two years its suspension of former President Donald Trump from social media platforms. (Shannon Bond, NPR)
Florida: NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association sued the state of Florida alleging violations of First Amendment free speech rights, which stem from new state law that would punish major social media platforms if they removed content or banned politicians. (Brendan Farrington, AP News)