The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit

The Columbian: Google to pay Washington $400,000 to settle campaign finance lawsuit. “Google has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle charges that it has not complied with Washington’s strict campaign finance laws, which require businesses to retain records of political ads they sell in the state. It’s the second time in three years that the tech giant has settled a campaign finance lawsuit in Washington. In 2018, Google paid $200,000, plus attorneys’ fees, to settle a similar lawsuit, but admitted no wrongdoing. This time, the company agreed it did not comply with state law, but still disputes whether the law applies the company.”

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a campaign finance lawsuit [Wednesday] against Google for unlawfully failing to maintain key information regarding state political ads that it sold, and failing to provide that information to individuals who requested it.”

Reuters: Google stops donations to U.S. Congress members who voted against election results

Reuters: Google stops donations to U.S. Congress members who voted against election results. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday it will not make contributions from its political action committee this election cycle to any Congress member who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election. Earlier this month, following the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol, the tech giant had paused all political contributions to reassess its policies toward political contribution.”

AG Ferguson: Twitter To Pay $100,000 To Washington State For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations (Washington State Attorney General)

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson: Twitter To Pay $100,000 To Washington State For Multiple Campaign Finance Violations. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Twitter will pay $100,000 to Washington’s Public Disclosure Transparency Account for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure law, which Washingtonians adopted through initiative in 1972. Twitter unlawfully failed to maintain for public inspection records about Washington political ads that ran on its platform from 2012 until Nov. 22, 2019. On that date, Twitter implemented a ban on all political advertising.”

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database

VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database. “Our campaign finance portal shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database. This is only the beginning of the tool. Candidates must file new campaign reports on a monthly basis, and we’ll keep adding them along with new insights and features for our readers.”

Houston Chronicle: Arizona officials working to fix campaign finance website

Houston Chronicle: Arizona officials working to fix campaign finance website. “As the election year approaches, Arizona officials continue working to overcome glitches in the state-run campaign finance website, officials said. The website called ‘See The Money’ and its campaign-finance database have not worked properly since the 2018 election, The Arizona Capitol Times reported.”

Follow the Money: Tracking the cashflow of European political parties

This is from a couple of weeks ago but I just found it today. Follow the Money: Tracking the cashflow of European political parties. “Over the past few months, FTM journalists Dieuwertje Kuijpers and Lise Witteman compiled two separate datasets. The first, containing the 2014-2018 annual budgets of the 10 Europarties and their respective thinktanks that currently receive funding from the European Parliament, was released on April 23. The second dataset, containing all 997 traceable donations and contributions made to all 15 existing EU parties and their respective thinktanks between 2014 and 2018, is available today (April 30).”

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations

Ottawa Start: Help OttWatch enter data for 2018 municipal election donations. “After about two weeks of effort, OttWatch and volunteers have digitized almost all campaign donation records for the 2018 municipal election. The website for city hall nerds, run by Kevin O’Donnell, now has more than 2,700 (over 78 per cent) of 3,490 donations for the 2018 vote entered into their database. It’s a much improved way of tracking donations — otherwise you’d have to sift through PDF filings for individual candidates.”

Campaigns & Elections: New Donor Search Tool Offers Access to 300 Million Contribution Records

Campaigns & Elections: New Donor Search Tool Offers Access to 300 Million Contribution Records . “Groups and campaigns can capitalize on a new search tool to scan donor and expenditure data from the federal to the local level across all 50 states. The search platform Ante is an offshoot of Vigilant, the California-based research firm founded by veteran Democratic consultant Mike Phillips. Despite its roots, the tool is open to anyone willing to pay the $99-$299-a-month subscriber fee (there’s also a free and custom tier).” The free tier is minimal, but it IS there.

The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account

The Art Newspaper: Andrea Fraser aims to hold US museum boards to account. “In March, a group of protesters led by photographer Nan Goldin threw pill bottles and staged a die-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing. Their objective? Convincing members of the Sackler family, who have donated money and art to the museum as well as many other art institutions, to help combat the opioid crisis that its company, Purdue Pharma, helped stoke with the development of the painkiller OxyContin. At a time of intense political polarisation and extreme economic inequality in the US, people are starting to pay closer attention to the money behind their museums—where board members’ wealth comes from and where else they spend it.”

ProPublica: How You Can Keep Track of the Money Political Committees Spend at Trump Properties

ProPublica: How You Can Keep Track of the Money Political Committees Spend at Trump Properties. “In our FEC Itemizer database, we’ve started tracking details on which committees spend money at Trump-owned properties and how much they spend. The data comes from expenditure reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission by the committees. The data will be updated monthly, and more often when, closer to the election, multiple filing days occur in a month.”

Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws

Campaign Finance Institute: Introducing CFI’s Groundbreaking Database Of State Campaign Finance Laws. “The Campaign Finance Institute is pleased to release a groundbreaking new tool, ‘CFI’s Historical Database of State Campaign Finance Laws’. The database covers all of the states’ campaign finance laws every two years since 1996. It is designed for everything from interactive and visualized lookups to downloadable datasets. “

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members

CNET: Facebook employees donated big bucks to Congress members. “When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress this week, he’ll address House and Senate members who’ve received sizable campaign contributions from Facebook employees and its political action committee. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce Committee, which are scheduled to conduct a joint hearing with the Facebook chief on Tuesday, have received a total of $604,000 in contributions since 2007, according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.”