After residents of Orange County, California, protested the $13,000 sale of public park land to wealthy Newport Beach resident Buck Johns, Johns’ attorney, Rutan & Tucker partner A. Patrick Muñoz, threatened to pursue litigation over the city’s move to cancel the purchase, according to Muñoz’s July 8 cease-and-desist letter to the county board of supervisors. In a July 14 mailed response, county officials indicated they “will not be taking any action related to the subject property.”    

Constantine Cannon filed a complaint with the IRS Whistleblower Office, urging officials to strip the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) of its 501(c)(3) registration for allegedly peddling partisan campaign software to help Republicans win office, according to a statement released by the firm. The lawsuit, filed July 20 on behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), alleges the nonprofit’s “ALEC CARE” software was developed by Republican lobbyists to help the campaigns of fellow members of the GOP and added up to more than $6 million per election cycle.