Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 3/26

BACHMANN AND HOUSE ETHICS.  Politico.  “An attorney for Rep. Michele Bachmann denied Monday that the Minnesota Republican had committed any wrongdoing amid reports of a congressional probe into alleged campaign finance violations during her run for president in 2012.”

RAFFLES ARE BACK.  Story here.  “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking a page from the Obama campaign playbook and raffling off a meeting with President Barack Obama.”

REVOLVING DOOR ISSUES.  USAT.  “Sixteen lawmakers who left Congress recently have landed posts with groups that seek to influence policy — despite rules aimed at slowing the revolving door between Capitol Hill and lobbying firms, a USA TODAY analysis shows.”

NRA ALLEGATION.  The Post.  “National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is trying to ‘buy America’ by spending millions of his personal fortune to urge key senators to vote for gun control.”

SEC MOMENTUM?  Public Citizen.  Seventy members sent the SEC a letter regarding disclosure.

ACCELERATING DEMOCRACY.  Prof. John O. McGinnis discusses his new book here in the first of what will be a series of posts.  Per the book’s description at Amazon, “McGinnis explains how to use fast-evolving information technologies to more effectively analyze past public policy, bring unprecedented intensity of scrutiny to current policy proposals, and more accurately predict the results of future policy. But he argues that we can do so only if government keeps pace with technological change. For instance, it must revive federalism to permit different jurisdictions to test different policies so that their results can be evaluated, and it must legalize information markets to permit people to bet on what the consequences of a policy will be even before that policy is implemented.”

MA:  STRAW DONATION SETTLEMENT.  Story here.  “John Donelan and Joseph Donelan, co-owners of Donelan’s Supermarkets in Littleton, have made a $25,000 payment to the state’s general fund to resolve campaign finance violations for disguising the true source of contributions and making excess contributions, according to a March 22 disposition agreement between the Donelans and OCPF.”

NYC:  PUBLIC FUNDING UPDATE.  The Times.  “George T. McDonald, a first-time candidate for mayor, has pursued an unorthodox electoral strategy thus far: deliberately violating the city’s campaign finance rules, in order to change them.”

WA:  PAYROLL DEDUCTION UPDATE.  The Public Disclosure Commission may update rules on the use of payroll dediction for political contributions.  More here.


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