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Detroit News: U.S. House hopeful Tlaib pays self salary from campaign funds

"Without allowing candidates to pay themselves, the only people who could afford to run for public office would be independently wealthy individuals who can afford to take a year off from making a living in order to run," Paul S. Ryan, vice president for policy and litigation at the watchdog group Common Cause said. 

Media & Democracy 07.18.2018

The Hollywood Reporter: FCC Roadblock Halts Sinclair's Growing Empire (For Now)

Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps says his former agency "designates transactions for an administrative hearing when the agency can't find the transaction will serve the public interest."

Reuters: U.S. pays Trump's Scotland golf resort $77,000 ahead of visit

“This is part of a pattern with this president of really doing everything he can to disgrace the office of the presidency by promoting his own private business interests,” said Stephen Spaulding, a lawyer with the public interest group Common Cause.

Money & Influence 07.17.2018

Vox: The government is making it easier for “dark money” donors to go unnamed

“Large amounts of foreign national donations to a politically active nonprofit could be a red flag to IRS staff that could trigger greater scrutiny,” Paul S. Ryan, vice president at the watchdog group Common Cause said. “But such red flags will no longer be visible to IRS staff. President Trump’s Treasury Department has struck a blow to US democracy with this rule change.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Watchdog group says McGuireWoods utilized weak Va. law by hiring former speaker

“Despite the state’s ethics laws, McGuireWoods’ wealthy clients will be able to buy a lot of access and influence through Mr. Howell — access and influence not available to the average Virginian,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause.

Associated Press: Attorneys: North Carolina Congress remap claims still valid

"Our plaintiffs clearly have standing and have suffered real harm by the legislature's extreme partisan gerrymandering," Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, said in a release. "This case is key to protecting the constitutional right of citizens in North Carolina and across the nation to have a voice in choosing their representatives."