Political law links for Thurs., April 5, 2012

STOCK ACT SIGNED.  Story here.  “President Obama signed the STOCK Act into law Wednesday, which bars members of Congress from profiting from insider information, but Obama made no mention of the high-profile television exposè that provoked the legislation’s resurrection and swift passage.”

POST ON VAN HOLLEN.  Story here.  “President Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing for new legislation, dubbed the Disclose Act, that would force more groups to release the names of financial backers.”

AGS URGE REFORM.  Story here.  “Concerned about unlimited contributions by corporations for political advertising, Attorney General Martha Coakley has submitted a formal letter to Congress urging an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The letter sent today to Congressional leadership was signed by AG Coakley and 10 other state Attorneys General.”

BILLS ADVANCE.  Story here.  “The bills, which make up a part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ethics package for this session and have been endorsed by the independent Public Affairs Research Council, would create an appeals process for ethics decisions, give the Board of Ethics more flexibility in investigating complaints and clarify issues surrounding fines for violations of campaign finance laws.”

NOT GUILTY PLEA IN MA.  Story here.  “Former Massachusetts treasurer Timothy Cahill and two top aides pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges stemming from allegations that they orchestrated a taxpayer-funded television advertising campaign for the state lottery that was really intended to boost Cahill’s failed 2010 campaign for governor.”

FINE FOR SPEEDING FINE.  Story here.  “The campaign manager for state Rep. Ernie Leidiger must pay a $300 fine for improperly reporting a $178 campaign expenditure used to pay a speeding ticket for the lawmaker.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.  The next set of links will be prepared on Monday, April 9, 2012.  Have a marvelous weekend!

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