Thursday’s political law links, 4/25/13

LOBBYISTS TRAINING TEAM WEBINAR.  Dave Levinthal’s on the training team for’s “Going on the Offensive: Developing an Engaged Media Strategy.  In this 90-minute webinar, two media relations experts and a political reporter show you how to develop your media strategy, engage with the press and manage potential controversy.”

AL:  PERSONAL USE CHARGES.  Story here.  “Former state senator Lowell Ray Barron, for years a legislative powerhouse in Montgomery, has been indicted on charges of violating the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws,  the attorney general’s office announced.”

FL:  BILL TO GOVERNOR.  News here.  “Florida lawmakers on Wednesday sent to the governor two compromise proposals that rewrite the state’s campaign finance laws and impose new ethics rules on elected officials.”

IL:  CAMPAIGN MONEY TO CHARITY.  Story here.  “Daley could have put the money in his pocket and paid taxes on it. State law bans that practice, but Daley is part of an increasingly smaller group of veteran politicians allowed to take what was in their campaign funds as of the end of June 1998. The former mayor chose another route.”

NV:  CFR BILL MOVES.  Story here.  “A debate over whether buying suits and work attire is proper use of campaign funds threatened to derail a campaign reform bill before it was finally passed by the Nevada Senate.”

NY:  CFR FEAR.  Story here.  “Senate Republicans say a newly proposed public campaign finance system will cost taxpayers $221.5 million in an election cycle for statewide and legislative races – a number far higher than the amount estimated last week by Assembly Democrats.”

NY:  CROOKS, IDIOTS, AND CFR.  Here.  “Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos again spoke out against a public campaign-finance system on Tuesday, telling reporters that it wouldn’t stop the ‘crooks and idiots’ who break the law.”

NC:  CAMPAIGN MONEY SWEEPSTAKES.  Story here.  “State elections officials are calling for an investigation of $235,000 in political donations to dozens of North Carolina candidates from an Oklahoma sweepstakes operator, contributions that they say may have violated state campaign finance laws.”


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