October 1, 2012 •
Start the week off right with these government relations news articles:
“‘Dark money’ flowing back to issue ads” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.
Arizona: “Ex-aide charged with stealing Ariz. campaign cash” by The Associated Press in Tucson News Now.
California: “California voters rejecting change to campaign financing” by The Associated Press in the Mercury News.
Iowa: “Charges dropped in Iowa campaign contribution case” in the Muscatine Journal.
Texas: “PAC wants state approval for text donations” by Dave Nyczepir in Campaigns & Elections.
“New report outlines N.J. lawmakers’ use of controversial ALEC group” by Salvador Rizzo in the Star-Ledger.
Pennsylvania: “In Pa., Where’s the Payback?” by Craig R. McCoy in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rhode Island: “Ethics commission sets hearing on disclosure of paid trips for officials” by Philip Marcelo in the Providence Journal.
Technology and Social Media
“What Facebook’s Planning for the First Romney-Obama Debate” by Michael Catalini in the National Journal.
New Jersey: “New Jersey Mulls Ad-Powered Websites” in Government Technology.
Kentucky: “Ky. house candidate admits error in email” by The Associated Press in the Bangor Daily News.
“State probe looms for firm registering GOP voters” by Elisabeth Arriero in the Charlotte Observer.
September 25, 2012 •
August 30, 2011 •
Interested persons’ meeting to be held.
The Fair Political Practices Commission will hold an interested persons’ meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the proposed text message contribution regulation. The commission has also issued a notice to adopt the text message regulation at a public hearing to be held on or after October 13, 2011.
The proposed regulation permits candidates and committees to raise funds through low-dollar text message contributions. For the purposes of the regulation, contributions are deemed to be received on the date that a mobile fundraising vendor, acting as an agent of the candidate or committee, obtains possession and control of the funds. Once received by the mobile fundraising vendor, contributions must be promptly reported to the candidate or committee’s treasurer or a designated agent thereof no later than the closing date of any campaign statement the candidate or committee is required to file.
For text message contributions of less than $25, candidates and committees will be required to maintain the dates and daily totals of contributions. For contributions exceeding $25 but less than $100, the proposed regulation requires that candidates and committees record the full name and street address of the contributor, the cumulative amount received from each contribution, and any information regarding an intermediary where applicable. When a contribution exceeding $100 is received, the regulation requires that the candidate or committee maintain a record of the contributor’s name and address, occupation, employer, the cumulative amount received from the contributor, and any information regarding an intermediary where applicable.
Under the proposed regulation, a contribution made by text message will be attributed to the person who is subscribed to the cell phone number from which the contribution is received.
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