Wednesday’s political law links, 4/24

BOB EDGAR, 69. News here. “Bob Edgar passed away suddenly this morning at his home in Northern Virginia at the age of 69, according to Common Cause, the democracy watchdog group for which Edgar served as president and CEO.”

PRISON IN CONTRIBUTION CASE. Story here. “Developer Jay Odom was sentenced to six months in federal prison Tuesday for campaign contribution fraud.”

FOLLOW THE MONEY BILL. HuffPo. “The bill, known as the Follow the Money Act, would require any and all groups spending at least $10,000 on electoral activity to register and disclose contributions above $1,000. The bill would also raise the threshold for contributor disclosure from $200 to $1,000 for all political committees, including those of candidates and political parties.”

MCCONNELL ON CU. Prof. Michael McConnell’s new paper on CU is previewed here.

TELEFORUM ON LIFE AFTER CU. Yesterday’s interesting Federalist Society teleforum was recorded and I believe should be online here.

DAVIDSON ON ETHICS ISSUE. Roll Call. “I’ll leave it to the audio experts to determine who is right about the recording. Whatever it says, the incident is a useful reminder that staffers should be careful not to do campaign work on official Senate time or using official resources. A violation, or even the appearance of one, can lead to trouble.”

CT: BILL REVIVAL. Story here. “Likely Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley is hoping to resurrect his failed legislative proposal that would tighten ethics rules for public officials in Connecticut.”

TX: NONPROFITS TARGETED. Story here. “Politically active nonprofits, which are playing an increasingly important role in state elections, would no longer be able to hide the identity of their major donors under a bill making its way through the Texas Legislature.”


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