Political law links (9/6/12)

NEW RAHM ROLE. The Post. “Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — a legendary fundraiser and political strategist before he won elected office — has dropped his honorary chairmanship of the Obama campaign to help raise big-dollar contributions, so that Democrats can compete with what is emerging as a clear GOP fundraising advantage this election cycle, campaign and fundraising individuals said.”

SOLYNDRA FIGURE IN CHARLOTTE. Story here. “Steven J. Spinner, a former Department of Energy official at the center of the Solyndra scandal that cost taxpayers $535 million, ran for the exits when he saw ABC News cameras at the Democratic National Convention.”

DUKE CEO PROFILE Here. “Nineteen months after he locked hands in triumph with Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx upon landing the Democratic National Convention, host committee co-chairman Jim Rogers rides a cascade of political and corporate intrigue into convention week.”

RULING ON MN LAW. Story here. “A Minnesota law requiring disclosure of independent corporate political spending is ‘most likely unconstitutional,’ a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.”

PROBATION SENTENCE IN ENSIGN-RELATED MATTER. Story here. “A judge sentenced a onetime top aide to former Sen. John Ensign to a year’s probation Wednesday for violating federal lobbying restrictions.”

ALICE IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE-LAND. NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission’s Jeff Brindle explains here. “With a gubernatorial election as well as a legislative contest in the Garden State next year, it is incumbent upon the Legislature to pass legislation that will require registration and disclosure of contributions and expenditures by independent groups seeking to influence the outcome of the election.”

ETHICS ISSUES IN NC. US News. “Sexual harassment, assaults, and bribes, oh my!”

DC: BAN NOT ON BALLOT. The Post. “A proposed initiative to ban corporate donations in the District will not be on the November ballot, but a Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that proponents can take the next month to review their submission to try to qualify for a future election.”

WV: RESCUE FUND ARGUMENT. Story here. “After nearly two hours of oral arguments, the question of additional public funding in the West Virginia Supreme Court race rests squarely in the hands of the state Supreme Court.”


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