Thursday, July 28, 2016

Donald Trump’s Path: What Map Should Democrats Fear the Most?

Each week, Nate Cohn, The Upshot’s elections analyst, based in Washington, and Toni Monkovic, an Upshot editor in New York, discuss the 2016 race and post a lightly edited transcript of their written exchange. By now, it’s clear that Donald Trump has a realistic shot to become president.
Source: Donald Trump’s Path: What Map Should Democrats Fear the Most?

Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions

Email exchanges involving top officials at the Democratic National Committee released along with private documents by WikiLeaks show that DNC officials hoped to reward top donors and insiders with appointments to federal boards and commissions in coordination with the White House.
Source: Leaks show DNC asked White House to reward donors with slots on boards and commissions

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Convention Delegates Win Settlement in Against FEC

The Commission shall not enforce 52 U.S.C. § 30118, as well as any implementing regulations, against Plaintiffs with regard to the monetary contributions described in Plaintiffs' complaint made by MCFL corporations to delegates to a national nominating convention. See Verified Compl. (Doc. No. 1) TlH 31, 53; FEC v. Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc., 479 U.S. 238, 263-64 (1986).
Two delegates to the Republican National Convention settled a lawsuit on Friday against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Two Unnamed Plaintiffs v. FEC. These delegates were represented by attorneys from the Pillar of Law Institute, which was also a plaintiff in the case. The delegates and Pillar brought suit in Wyoming federal court due to a ban against giving any assistance to delegates by corporations, even non-profits. “Our win ensures that convention delegates will have access to similar sources of funding as party operatives. It also allows non-profits to donate free legal services and educational materials to delegates,” said Benjamin Barr, lead counsel in the case. “Our settlement goes further than that, recognizing that corporate non-profits may provide delegates with travel stipends and other financial assistance, breaking new ground in federal campaign finance law.”

Convention Delegates Win Settlement in Free Speech Lawsuit Against Federal Election Commission - Free Speech Under Attack - Pillar of Law Institute

The FEC and the Institute entered into a settlement that allows for these contributions by qualified nonprofits, so-called MCFL corporations, formed for political purpose and not funded with corporate or with labor money. Good for all concerned. Weeding out of the law inconsistencies and pointless restrictions is helpful in any number of respects. It frees political actors and their allies to collaborate on useful activities, removes from the rulebook limits that the FEC should not have to enforce (or leave unenforced), and contributes to the too-often depleted reservoir of respect for the regulatory system.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Peter Thiel’s Embrace of Trump Has Silicon Valley Squirming

When the technology investor Peter Thiel takes the stage just before Donald J. Trump at the Republican convention this week, he will become the most prominent public face of a species so endangered it might as well be called extinct: the Silicon Valley Trump supporter. Nobody knows what Mr.
Source: Peter Thiel’s Embrace of Trump Has Silicon Valley Squirming

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ELECTION 2016: Protecting your voting information from fraud, tampering

If something's amiss, you can contact your local registrar of voters office. In Riverside County, call 951-486-7200 or go to www.voteinfo.net. In San Bernardino County, call 800-881-VOTE or go to http://ift.tt/29Sa7lx. Think there's fraud? Go to www.sos.ca.gov and search for "voter complaint.
Source: ELECTION 2016: Protecting your voting information from fraud, tampering

In Which I Am (a Bit of) a Killjoy About Pokemon Go at the Polls

Few topics have excited the collective electiongeek imagination in the last week or so more than the potential for the hot new game Pokemon Go to be used as a means to generate interest in, and turnout at, the polls in November.
Source: In Which I Am (a Bit of) a Killjoy About Pokemon Go at the Polls

U.S. District Court Rules that Wisconsin Must Allow Voters without ID To Vote If They Sign Under Penalty of Perjury That They Couldn’t Obtain Such ID

On July 19, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman, a Clinton, issued an order in Frank v Walker, e.d., 11-cv-1128. This is the case filed in 2011 over Wisconsin’s law requiring voters at the polls to show photo I.D.
Source: U.S. District Court Rules that Wisconsin Must Allow Voters without ID To Vote If They Sign Under Penalty of Perjury That They Couldn’t Obtain Such ID