CU II READY TO LAUNCH. Newsweek. “Due any day now, the court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission could overturn a nearly 40-year-old law that limits what individuals give to campaigns and what they can give in total.”
OFA FUNDRAISER FIRED. Star Tribune. “Organizing for Action, a group formed to back President Barack Obama’s agenda, has fired one of its fundraisers and acknowledged falling short of its standards as questions were raised Friday about whether the group solicited donations in exchange for access to Obama or White House officials.”
IL: LAW UNSETTLED. Quad-City Times. “At issue is the group’s contention that donation limits imposed in the wake of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s ouster are unconstitutional because contributions from legislative leaders are not capped in general elections.”
KS: TRANSFER MEASURE MOVES. Topeka Capital-Journal. “Rep. John Alcala was a minority of one on the House Elections Committee in opposition to legislation permitting Kansas political figures to transfer contributions made to previous campaigns for state office to their race for a different state post.”
MA: MORE SUPER PAC DISCLOSURE? CommonWealth. “The Massachusetts legislature is likely to take up a campaign finance package that would impose stricter disclosure rules on super PACs soon, but the new regulations are unlikely to take effect before November’s gubernatorial contest.”
WI: REWRITING LAWS. Cap Times. “The bill would repeal a law that prohibits registered lobbyists from contributing to legislators during the legislative session. Currently, lobbyists cannot donate money to campaigns until June 1 of an election year.”
CAN: WHAT’S FAIR? Montreal Gazette. “With its euphemistically named Fair Elections Act, the Conservatives have managed to introduce one of the worst electoral bills to date. Among other things, it would strip Elections Canada of its investigative powers when, in fact, those powers need to be improved; increase the limit of political donations (they apparently haven’t been paying attention to the Charbonneau commission); and disenfranchise youth, seniors and aboriginal voters.”
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.