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California lawmakers consider new rules for political ads

Jul. 13, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Elections come and go, but the season for political advertising sometimes seems to never end. Facebook users in California, for example, may have noticed ads in recent months showing a woman with duct tape over her mouth and text that warns: "Legislators are leaving sexual assault...

Missouri pays $500,000 after losing campaign finance lawsuit

Jul. 3, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri taxpayers footed a more than $500,000 legal bill after the state attorney general lost a case defending a new campaign finance law. Taxpayers paid attorneys for two lobbying groups that opposed the limits a combined total of roughly $508,000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch...

UK lawmakers urge new law in campaigning in digital age

Jul. 1, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An influential British parliamentary committee urged the government Tuesday to urgently bring forward new laws addressing campaigning techniques in the digital age, insisting that democracy itself is under threat without speedy action. Committee Chairman Damian Collins accused the government...

Oregon lawmakers race against clock to pass over 100 bills

Jun. 29, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate was able to conduct business Saturday for the first time since Republicans walked out over a sweeping climate proposal, leaving lawmakers less than 48 hours to vote on over 100 bills. Lawmakers were initially on track to finish up the legislative session well before the...

Brazil's Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun laws

Jun. 26, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro has issued several new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws, moving to rescue a signature campaign promise after the Senate rejected his earlier effort. The series of edicts issued Tuesday night effectively canceled a May decree that eased access to...

Patriot movement targets vote access, campaign finance laws

Jun. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to repeal recent New Mexico laws by referendum are targeting same-day voter registration and new campaign finance regulations for the first time. The Secretary of State's Office said Tuesday it received the petition applications from the Bernalillo County Patriot Group and was...

Attorney general candidate violated campaign practices law

Jun. 25, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana candidate for attorney general violated state campaign practices law by sending campaign-related correspondence to nearly 2,500 employees and staff of the University of Montana using their work email addresses. The Missoulian reports Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff...

Judge stays order on Arkansas campaign fundraising blackout

Jun. 19, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has halted his order blocking Arkansas from enforcing a law that prevents candidates for state office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election. U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. on Wednesday granted Attorney General Leslie...

Judge blocks Arkansas 2-year limit on campaign fundraising

Jun. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked an Arkansas law that prevents candidates for state office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election. U.S. District Judge James Moody Jr. on Monday granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the state from enforcing...

Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

Jun. 14, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the aftermath of...