Good morning, here are today’s political law links (2/6)

ADS UP IN KY. The Hill. “Just days after opening his campaign headquarters in Louisville, McConnell is already facing on-air attacks from the left — earlier than any other Republican incumbent in the nation.”

GA: LOBBYIST DEFINITION CONSIDERED. Story here. “Of all possible obstacles to ethics reform, who thought the biggest one would be defining the word ‘lobbyist’? Yet, that’s where we stand today.”

MA: APPEAL IN DIMASI CASE. Story here. “Lawyers for former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and a former lobbyist urged a federal appeals court panel Tuesday to overturn their convictions for political corruption, maintaining a jury was wrong to convict them of a kickback scheme to help a software company win state contracts.”

MN: CFB URGES MORE DISCLOSURE. Story here. “The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board voted Monday to encourage the Legislature to pass tougher economic disclosure laws. A proposal backed by the board would require officials to make public their consulting interests and details about income earned by their spouses.”

TX: TXT. C&E. “The Texas Ethics Commission has approved a Houston-based PAC’s proposal to allow committees to solicit text message contributions from state donors.”

UT: REFORM ADVOCATED. Story here. “Some interesting changes may be coming to legislative campaign finance disclosure, if Sens. John Valentine and Lyle Hillyard have a say.”


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