Thread: MLB News

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Besides labor law I also handle in PAC compliance and FEC issues for my employer.  I have had a lot of problems with the use of the word "donation" in almost every post and article on this issue.  The NYT, Forbes, and others should know better or at least have political reporters who know better.  They are "contributions" under the FEC terms of art, so when I read "donation" I cringe.  

That aside, I hadn't previously considered MLB's solicitable class of PAC contributors.  It would likely only include team owners and very high up management officials for MLB.  It's quite limited for many business, and in this case it would be a pretty restricted group from whom PAC solicitations could be made.  Any contributor of more than $200 must be reported to the FEC on a quarterly or monthly report (the frequently is based upon the financial size of the PAC).

Individual contributors to a connected PAC (these are different than Super PACs, so let's reserve any discussion on that subject) may only contributed up to $5,000 per year.  PACs may only contribute up to $5,000 in the primary, $5,000 in a general election, and in this case an additional $5,000 in a special run-off election to Federal candidates under the FECA.  There are different rules for state candidates in every state for local and state-wide political office.  Individuals cannot contribute business funds to the PAC, they must be personal funds.  The issues with Citizens United and how business may spend corporate funds for independent expenditures is different than contributions to campaigns.  The system is relatively transparent for connected PACs.  It's not so with SuperPACs or Independent Expenditure 527s.

Open Secrets does a good job making the FEC reports more accessible than how they are presented on the FEC website.  MLB's PAC Reports Summarized

I will say this- MLB's PAC is relatively small.  Because of the contribution limits and the amount it costs to run for office, saying PAC contributions buy votes is complete BS even though it resonates with many.  What PACs do is that they allow people from a connected organization to attend events at which they can build relationships with members of Congress.  Those members then know who to call when there are issues related to that industry or business.  The relationships may be of concern to many, but the idea that the PACs buy votes is nonsense.  It's just an easy boogeyman.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Nov 26 '18

What do we make of the fact that MLB contributed $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith?

I know a lot of people here -- probably the winter faithful especially -- don't like to wade into these waters, so before I go back on shore let me simply add these interesting tidbits from the Times today:

1) One of the owners of the San Francisco Giants -- the San Francisco Giants -- contributed $2,700 to Hyde-Smith's campaign. His wife chipped in another $2,700.

2) "The baseball commissioner's office has its own political action committee and donates to politicians on both sides of the aisle to help promote its causes in Congress, like protecting MLB's antitrust exemption and other legislation, like how teams pay minor league players."

Italics mine.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 26 '18

The rosters were announced today, and it's going to be a great group on display this year in the AFL, led by the best prospect in the game, Vlad Jr.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Aug 30 '18

With three wins yesterday, the NL now has a 137-122 lead over the AL.

Can they hold onto it over the next five weeks?

The Orioles have already played 20 interleague games. Maybe not. 

Alex Patton Alex
Aug 27 '18

Even better, there's a hashtag for #PlayersWeekend that has a ton of jersey pictures.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aug 24 '18
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Aug 21 '18

We need Ramon Laureano in the data base. Especially when his first major-league hit was a walk-off double in the bottom of the 13th inning of a scoreless game. Laureano, who looked over-matched during most of his swings tonight, does have a hell of an arm, throwing out Inglesias with a dead-on strike from CF at third in the top of the 13th to save the game for the A's. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Aug 4 '18

Team by team format of all the transactions from MLBTR for the past couple of days including demotions/dl/cuts/trades etc is here.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aug 1 '18

Reminder that the full list of trades (like for updating teams on this site) is here.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Jul 31 '18

As an owner who has been hoarding my FAAB money in the AL-only American Dreams League, it is the weirdest trading deadline I've ever seen. Normally, Waivers the day before the trading deadline are filled with hotly contested fights over players from the other league. Today the only contested bid was my weak $1 against Alex's $5 for Brett Phillips. 

Walter Shapiro WShapiro
Jul 31 '18