Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 5/31/13

PERKINS COIE LAUNCH.  Perkins Coie launched its new “In the Arena:  Law and Politics Update” blog yesterday with posts from Jonathan Berkon on the Ensign case and Brian Svoboda on concurrent investigations.

HISTORY V. CFR.  NRO.  “Reform sometimes makes thing worse.”

TOTAL FINED.  News here.  “Total, S.A., a French oil and gas company, will pay a $245.2 million monetary penalty to resolve charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in connection with illegal payments made through third parties to a government official in Iran to obtain valuable oil and gas concessions.”

CHEVRON AND CONTRIBUTIONS.  News here.  “At an annual shareholder meeting held Wednesday, upper-level management for the oil conglomerate Chevron faced renewed questioning over its record-setting political contributions during last year’s national election.”

CA:  BILLS PASS SENATE.  Story here.  “Following a series of votes Wednesday and earlier this week, Senate bills 2, 3, 27, and 52 are on their way out of the California Senate and into the Assembly. Each measure would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974 in different ways.”

MN:  GOV. EXPECTED TO SIGN.  Story here.  “The 2013 Legislature made a number of changes to Minnesota Campaign Finance Law that will impact legislative contributions and lobbying efforts.  It is expected that the legislation, Senate File 661, which was presented to Governor Dayton on May 22nd, will be signed by Friday.”

SC:  FORD UPDATE.  Here.  Documents allegedly show payments for undocumented purposes.

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