Compliance Notes - Vol. 2, Issue 39
RECENT LOBBYING, ETHICS & CAMPAIGN FINANCE UPDATES
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Campaign Finance & Lobbying Compliance
The Department of Justice indicted Jesse Benton and Doug Wead on felony campaign finance charges, which included facilitating a contribution by a foreign national, acting as a straw donor and causing the filing of a false campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Benton had previously been convicted of campaign finance related charges, though he had received a pardon from President Trump. (Josh Gerstein & Kyle Cheney, Politico)
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) filed campaign reports showing that $6,550 worth of payments for rent and utilities were originally paid with campaign funds before Boebert later reimbursed the campaign. (Mychael Schnell, The Hill)
California: The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) received a complaint alleging that a Cathedral City Councilmember had filed incorrect information on his campaign finance forms because he had used an address of a home that he no longer owned. (Eric Rode, Palm Springs Desert Sun)
Ohio: Rebecca Maurer, a candidate for Cleveland City Council, filed a complaint alleging that a political committee controlled by City Council President Kevin Kelley violated campaign finance laws, either by allegedly coordinating campaign mailers with her opponent, a sitting council member, or by failing to include required disclaimers under state law. (Courtney Astolfi, Cleveland.com)
Pennsylvania: Leeretta Payne, the treasurer of the political committee African Americans for Good Government, was criminally charged with a misdemeanor count for failing to properly file a campaign finance report. The charge involves a $60,000 check from another political committee, $50,000 of which was reported as coming from different entities and $10,000 of which was never reported, even though the check was cashed. (Paula Reed Ward, TribLive)
Washington: The Public Disclosure Commission settled a complaint with The Tacoma Weekly in which the publication was alleged to have solicited payments from candidates in exchange for editorial endorsements. According to the complaint, the publication sold a $2,500 package to candidates, which included an editorial, cover story and an endorsement. (The News Tribune)
Government Ethics & Transparency
The Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against seven U.S. Representatives related to their alleged failure to file transaction reports as required by the STOCK Act. (Deidre Walsh, NPR)
Massachusetts: Jasiel Correia, former Mayor of Fall River, received a six-year prison sentence for extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses who wanted licenses from the city. (NBC Boston)