7.24 political law links

SCOTUS AND MCCUTCHEON. USAT. “It will be the court’s first consideration of the election financing system since it lifted limits on independent spending by corporations and unions in 2010’s Citizens United case.”

K&L GATES GUIDE UPDATE. The latest update to this useful guide is online here (189 pg. PDF).

K&E KHUZAMI LOCKDOWN. ATL. “This is the moment we’ve been waiting for ever since Robert Khuzami left his gig as the Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement earlier this year. Now a Biglaw firm has signed him for big bucks (reportedly ‘more than $5 million a year’).”

MN: ETHICS RULES UPDATE. Here. “The state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board offered two bills to improve Minnesota’s campaign and ethics laws, which in 2011 received a D+ rating from the national Center for Public Integrity. One bill was substantially weakened while the other never received a hearing in either house.”

NJ: COMPLAINT DISMISSED. News here. “The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards today dismissed a complaint against Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Monmouth) that alleged her opposition to a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession would benefit her personally as the head of a nonprofit drug prevention group.”

OR: PER DIEM ISSUE. Story here. “The use of campaign funds to cover the personal expenses of serving in a legislative session is legal, according to election officials. But it has been controversial for several years, with many legislators avoiding the practice.”

VA: REPAYMENT AND APOLOGY. The Post. “Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Tuesday that he and his wife have repaid more than $120,000 to Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and apologized for the first time for the controversy involving the prominent donor.”

WA: CLEARER GIFT RULES POSSIBLE. Story here. “A state ethics panel is investigating whether five senators accepted too many free meals from lobbyists this year, an inquiry that could lead to clearer gift-giving rules.”


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