F-35 lobbying news and other political law hits for today

F-35 ENGINE VOTE IN HOUSE.  After a long and expensive lobbying battle, yesterday the House voted to reject funding for a second F-35 engine.

A MOVING STORY. In Roll Call about moves.  “When Rep. Dave Reichert relocated to a new District home in January, he didn’t need to hire movers: Three of his aides volunteered to help schlep his belongings.”

DONORS INDICTEDThe Hill reports.  “The Department of Justice (DOJ) has accused the two men, William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi, of paying back $186,600 in contributions to the Senate and presidential campaign committees of a candidate for federal office, and obstructing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the FBI.”  The DOJ release is here.

THE POST ON CORPORATE FACILITATIONHere.  The link also has news about a new advisory opinion request filed with the Federal Election Commission on the use of recount funds.

CALPERS ETHICS CHANGES? The LA Times reports.  “Directors of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System endorsed ethics and open-government proposals but put off decisions on stronger measures aimed at avoiding conflicts of interest and self-dealing, issues that have plagued the fund over the last few years.”

ETHICS AROUND THE WORLD. From Indonesia:  “Indonesian legislators are facing a ban from visiting inappropriate places such as gambling centers and brothels under a new code of ethics proposed at the House of Representatives.”  From Canada:  “Barrick Gold Corp. and Visa Canada Corp. are exploiting an exemption in ethics legislation to hire former Harper administration aides as lobbyists, triggering calls for increased regulation as Canadian lawmakers prepare to review the rules.”

LOBBYISTS GIFTS AND MEALS IN GEORGIA. Story here.  “A partnership of oilmen, car dealers and liquor merchants spent nearly $2,000 so far this year stocking a private bar for state lawmakers in a downtown condominium.”


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