Political law links, 2/26/13

WH ON OFA. WS. “Today, Jay Carney was unable to defend this arrangement at the White House press briefing, implausibly stating that the Obama group is somehow not related to Obama…”

SUPREME COURT WON’T HEAR DANIELCZYK. CNN. “The congressional ban on direct campaign contributions to federal candidates by corporations will stay in place after the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from a campaign supporter of Hillary Clinton.”

CORPORATE BAN STANDS. CSM. “At issue in the case was a section of federal election law that permits contributions of up to $2,500 from individuals, partnerships, and limited liability companies. But campaign-finance laws ban the same amount when coming from a corporate treasury.”

CILLIZZA ON REFORMS. The Post. ”What’s clear from a look at the broad sweep of what Obama has said — and, more importantly, done — on campaign finance reform is that while the president may genuinely believe there is too much money in politics, he’s not terribly interested in doing much of anything about it.”

E.POLITICS ITEMS. E.politics, as usual, has several interesting items of note. This item notes online ad trends during the presidential election.

MCCUTCHEON AND THE STATES. Political Law Briefing (via Craig Ready. “At least 12 states impose aggregate (though often much lower) aggregate contribution limits on political contributions…”

CO: $34K SPENT TO DEFEND. Story here. “The state of Colorado has paid more than $34,000 to private law firms hired to defend Secretary of State Scott Gessler against an ethics complaint that he misused public funds.”

GA: ETHICS BILL PASSES. Story here. “The Georgia House of Representatives on Monday passed historic legislation that would bar lobbyist gifts to individual lawmakers and enact new rules on lobbyist registration.”

MT: INCREASE IN LIMIT PASSES. Story here. “The House, on a mostly party-line vote Monday, approved a major Republican bill to overhaul Montana campaign finance laws by increasing the amount of allowable contributions made directly to candidates.”

OH: LIMITS ADJUSTED. Story here. “The limit, adjusted by the secretary of state’s office every two years for inflation, was increased 5.3 percent from $11,544 to $12,155. The limit applies to contributions to statewide candidates, House and Senate candidates, political action committees, and county party state candidate funds. The limit for giving to legislative caucus funds is $18,233, and is $36,446 for a state party’s state candidate fund.”


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