Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 12/4

NEW LEAGUE CHIEF. Roll Call. “[Monte] Ward is the newly elected president of the American League of Lobbyists, a group that’s existed since 1979 to lobby on behalf of lobbyists, because in Washington even the influencers need representation.”

CFR AND POTATO CHIPS. Here. “While it may be true that Americans spend more on potato chips than political campaigns, there are of course several important differences worth considering…”

EMERSON TO LEAVE. Story here. “Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced Monday that she would be leaving Congress in February, giving up a seat she’s held for 16 years to take the helm of the powerful National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.”

DISPOSITION OF ONLINE ASSETS. Politico. “Though it’s not clear that Ryan would be violating campaign regulations by adopting his own veep handle, lawyers are confused about whether Ryan should go out and grab it anyway. While the political uses of technology have matured, the legal framework around them is still in its infancy.”

ADELSON TALLY. Story here.

FEC MEETING. The agenda for Thursday’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

DC: NO TIME FOR REFORM. The Post. “D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) on Monday all but declared campaign finance reform dead for the session, saying there is almost no chance the body can complete work on the issue before the Christmas recess.”

KY: FINES FOR VIOLATIONS. Story here. “Two former state employees have agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine for using their official positions in state government to boost their private businesses, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission released Monday.”

NJ: CONTRACTOR BAN. Story here. “Upper Township Committee approved an ordinance last week that prohibits any contribution from contractors to candidates running for local political office.”

VT: LOAN PAYMENT. Story here. “State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, who is leaving office at the end of the year, repaid a $10,000 loan on Sunday that her husband made to her campaign fund a little over a decade ago, a new campaign finance report shows.”


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