Campaign finance news from the states

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As November rapidly approaches, investigations and complaints filed to federal and state election commissions over alleged finance violations continue to rise. While the federal candidates seem to grab the spotlight when it comes to complaints, several major stories have hit the presses this year, and all of them illustrate how contentious campaign finance is today. Here…

Campaign finance reform comes to Washington and South Dakota

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Two new fronts have opened in the focus on campaign finance reform. In South Dakota and Washington state, activists are on the cusp of securing ballot positions for omnibus reforms to each state's campaign finance, ethics and lobbying laws. This is just the latest development in a years-long trend of tightening election law compliance standards. Thanks to…

New websites, apps seek to address campaign finance criticism

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Politics is moving online. Sen. Bernie Sanders waged a durable insurgent campaign for the Democratic nomination using online fundraising. Donald Trump, Republican candidate for the Presidency, has shown that Twitter has the power to replace TV commercials and radio ads as the most powerful form of political communication. Nationwide, candidates and their Political Action Committees have…

State’s attorney candidate faces big fines for campaign finance violations

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Running a campaign without controversy seems to be close to impossible in our current political climate. Each day a new story emerges recounting the plight of a politician or political action committee's mistakes with election law; encounters that leave campaigns bruised and sometimes broken (or just plain broke).That may end up being the case in…

A representative’s video game charges lead to FEC questioning

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Amid countless stories of broken campaign finance laws, shady backroom deals and politicians hit with colossal fines or even jail time, it's good to be reminded that some financial disclosure mistakes can result in little more than public embarrassment and that may well be where it ends. It depends entirely on how far the Federal Elections…

Financial disclosure problems and their software solutions

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As one after another primary date passes, it seems that the proximity of the nation's biggest political contest is awakening lawmakers and citizens alike to the topic of campaign finance. Since this election cycle started, politicians and political action committees have drawn more scrutiny and fire than seemingly ever before.Put under such a microscope, it…

A New York legislator faces $28,000 in fines for alleged election law violations

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One common complaint from campaign finance reform advocates is that when state or federal agencies do actually decide to go after offenders of election law, they choose only low-level candidates or parties that play well in the media without ever sending a real message. The New York Board of Elections took that criticism to heart…

NY assembly candidate arrested for allegedly not filing campaign finance reports

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Another name has been added to the expanding list of politicians accused of illegal activity following mistakes made in their financial disclosure reports. Michele Adolphe, whose campaign for a Brooklyn seat in the state Assembly met with defeat last year, was arrested on Nov. 18. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman charged Adolphe with failing to file…