5-21 political law links

VISUALIZED:  POLITICAL DATA.  I’ll be spending most of today at “Visualized: Political Data,” a “conference focused entirely on exploring, analyzing, and visualizing political data, as well as discussing the potential impact of political data visualizations.”  The day features an impressive set of speakers.

SUPER PAC MOVES.  NYT.  “The shuffle is taking place as Guy Cecil, who managed Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 campaign after a shake-up in that race, is coming into Priorities as the co-chairman of the board and the chief executive officer.”

COMPLAINT AGAINST GROUP.  WT.  “Correct the Record, a super PAC providing a rapid-response team and opposition research for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential run, was hit Wednesday with a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that alleges the group’s activity violates campaign finance law.”

LEAKY ETHICS.  Politico.  “A credible investigation into the leak must be conducted and responsibly reported. While it would be tempting to treat the ensuing interviews of the OCE board and staff according to OCE’s own procedures, releasing transcripts and emails at an early stage, this investigation must be handled carefully and confidentially — without leaking.”

IN:  REFORM PROPOSALS.  Indystar.com.  “Indianapolis mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett on Wednesday proposed a series of ethics reforms that include new restrictions on lobbyists, a government transparency website and term limits.”

VT:  NEW COMPLAINT.  VTD.  “The new allegations build on Toensing’s earlier accusation that Sorrell illegally coordinated spending with a super-PAC funded by the Democratic Governor’s Association during his 2012 re-election campaign.”

EU:  TRANSPARENCY REGISTRY.  Allenovery.com.  “While parties that lobby in the United States are generally subject to mandatory lobbyist registration and reporting obligations at every level of government (federal, state and local), parties that lobby EU institutions (European Commission, Parliament and Council) traditionally have only been subject to a ‘voluntary’ registration and disclosure regime. But that gap now appears to be closing.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.   I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.  Have a great weekend.

5-20 political law links

BALZ ON MONEY RACE.  WP.  ”In their own ways, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush have brought unintentional attention to the role of money in politics and public life, to the intersection of money and political and public influence, and to the general absence of restraints, self-imposed or enforced.”

PAC PERKS.  USAT.  “Craig Gilbert of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel got a look Tuesday at what a super PAC supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s expected candidacy is offering donors.”

STATE STRATEGY.  NJ.  “Jeb Bush’s plan to delay actually entering the 2016 election and instead spend time fundraising and coordinating directly with a friendly super PAC has revolutionized presidential campaign finance. And now, a likely Republican Senate candidate—also from Florida—has adopted the Bush model for his own race.”

AR:  BALLOT MEASURE SUPPORT.  Ark. Online.  “A coalition of groups is rallying support for a measure vying for a spot on the Arkansas ballot next year that would require more disclosure from outside political groups participating in campaigns.”

NJ:  MISSING REPORTS.  NJ.  “Two of the three winning candidates in last year’s City Council election have failed to comply with state regulations regarding the filing of campaign finance reports, officials said.”

UK:  TAXES AND DONATIONS.  Reuters.  “Some of Britain’s biggest political donors, including a dozen senior lawmakers, have benefited from a little-noticed loophole that lets them avoid tax on millions of pounds in donations to political parties, a Reuters analysis has found.”


5-19 political law links

GUINTA CASE.  RC.  “Last week, the Federal Election Commission found Guinta violated campaign finance rules by accepting more than $350,000 in illegal campaign contributions, ordering him to pay back the funds along with a $15,000 fine.”

CONTINUED PROBE.  CSM.  “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to stop an investigation in Wisconsin into possible unlawful coordination between potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign and conservative advocacy groups.”

ANNOUNCEMENT THEORY.  Slate.  “Since a current senator can’t directly fundraise for, or coordinate with, his affiliated super PAC, he might as well jump in early and capitalize on the buzz created by being among the first actors on stage.”

16 AND SUPER PACS.  NYT.  “With striking speed, the 2016 contenders are exploiting loopholes and regulatory gray areas to transform the way presidential campaigns are organized and paid for.”

AZ:  RULE CLASH.  AZC.  “A proposal by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to crack down on some ‘dark money’ groups has aroused the opposition of the Secretary of State’s Office and escalated the ongoing dispute over the extent of the commission’s authority.”

CA:  PULIDO FINE.  VOC.  “The collective reaction of most Santa Ana City Council members to the $13,000 fine slapped on Mayor Miguel Pulido by the state’s political watchdog for improprieties surrounding a property swap with a city contractor can be best described as a shrug.”

TX:  ETHICS PROSPECTS.  TT.  “The session dedicated to ethics by the new governor could still bear fruit.”

VA: NEW LAW.  Skadden.  “On May 1, 2015, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill No. 1424 (the Bill). The Bill tightens restrictions on gifts, expands Virginia’s lobby law to cover attempts to obtain public contracts and adds a new pay-to-play provision.”