Here are today’s political law links, 1/24/13

ETHICS COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT. News here. “Bay State Representative Mike Capuano was named to the House Ethics Committee today, according to a press release from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.”

ETHICS ADVISES ON FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE. Roll Call. “The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday said members and senior staffers must disclose the underlying assets in certain investment funds and accounts, regardless of whether the person has any role in selecting the investments.”

LD-203 REMINDER. Here. “The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 requires active lobbying registrants and individual lobbyists to file a semi-annual report of certain contributions along with certification that the filer understands the gift and travel rules of both the House and the Senate. Registrants and each of their lobbyists who were active for all or part of the semi-annual reporting period must file separate reports detailing their contributions, including FECA, honorary, Presidential Inaugural Committee, Presidential Library and certain payments for event costs. The Year-End contribution report is due Wednesday, January 30, 2013, covering July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.”

DEBT EXTINGUISHED. Story here. “More than four years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally paid off her campaign debt.”

CA: FINE FOR EXCESSIVE CONTRIBUTION. Here. “‘I didn’t know there was a limit of $3,900 unfortunately,’ he said. ‘I’m surprised. How does any individual know about such laws?'”

CT: GUILTY PLEA IN CASE. Story here. “A smoke-shop owner Wednesday became the third defendant to plead guilty in the campaign finance case that helped derail the congressional campaign of former House Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, last year.”

IA: COMPLAINT PROCESS CHANGES. Story here. “The executive director of Iowa’s Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board on Wednesday proposed a change to streamline the agency’s complaint process.”

NYC:  AMENDMENTS FOR COMMUNICATIONS.  Story here.  “As part of a long meeting yesterday, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly, 47-1, to pass Int. 978, a bill that would exempt member organizations and corporations from disclosing member-to-member communications in relation to candidates or issues that they support during an election year.”


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