Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 4/17/13

NONPROFIT SCRUTINY. BusinessWeek. “Senate hearings, lawsuits and an Internal Revenue Service questionnaire are placing new scrutiny on nonprofit groups that spend millions of dollars on political campaigns without disclosing their donors.”

FCPA CHARGES. DOJ. “Charges have been unsealed against one current and one former executive of the U.S. subsidiary of a French power and transportation company for their alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to foreign government officials, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut David Fein and Assistant Director in Charge Valerie Parlave of the FBI’s Washington Field Office announced today.”

DC: LIST ISSUE. The Post. “A D.C. Council candidate agreed to help a conservative think tank raise money from his campaign donors in exchange for a ‘consulting fee’ or a portion of the money raised, according to a copy of the contract between the two parties.”

FL: REVOLVING DOOR UPDATE. Story here. “A week after delaying a vote, a House committee advanced an ethics reform on Tuesday that would make it harder for ex-lawmakers to score high-paying jobs thanks to their political contacts.”

IA: RENT AND OTHER ISSUES. Here. “State Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Dubuque, has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from state lobbyists for his nascent congressional bid even though similar donations are illegal for state legislators to accept during the legislative session.”

SC: REFORM MOVING. Story here. “A South Carolina House panel has advanced a bill that increases politicians’ income disclosure, steps up penalties for ethics violations and eliminates legislative ethics panels.”

TX: TEC REVIEW. Story here. “Good government advocates praised proposed changes at the Texas Ethics Commission on Monday, but called on the Legislature to go even further by requiring more disclosure and boosting fines.”

CRIKEY: CU DOWN UNDER. Here. “Unions NSW is taking the government to court, claiming that restricting political donations to individuals is an infringement of the implied constitutional right of freedom of political speech.”


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