Today’s political law links, 7.29.13

HOUSE ETHICS UPDATE. Politico. “The House Ethics Committee is reviewing cases against four members of Congress, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and one member of GOP leadership, the panel announced Friday.”

COORDINATION ISSUES IN THE NEWS. The Post. “A senior aide to Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) told his colleagues late last month that the nation’s top drug lobby had agreed to run a campaign supporting the congresswoman’s challenge to Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz and wanted to coordinate it with her strategists.”

ABEDIN ARRANGEMENT QUESTIONS. Daily Mail. “Huma Abedin has sparked further controversy with the revelation that she was employed by private companies at the same time as working for the State Department.”

KING ON THOMPSON. Here. “He’s tooling around town, free as a bird, facing city lawsuits up the wazoo but uncharged with any crime. Thompson has, however, left in his wake a string of financially stressed health-care providers and a compromised campaign finance system, both of which the city will have to rescue.”

ELECTRONIC FILING NEAR. Missoulian. “U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says his proposal to require electronic filing of Senate campaign finance reports is moving forward.”

DC: AIDE SENTENCED. NBC4. “A former campaign aide to District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray was sentenced to six months in prison plus 180 days of home detention Friday for committing campaign finance violations and destroying evidence.”

FL: VOLUSIA CUTS TIES. Here. “Volusia, citing a lack of local-impact issues to influence at the federal level, is cutting short its lobbyists’ contract — at least temporarily ending a 17-year custom that has cost the county about $75,000 a year.”

NYC: $72K FINE. Here. “Former Queens Councilman Eric Gioia on Thursday got slammed with a wallet-busting $72,402 fine by the city Campaign Finance Board for violations related to his 2009 run for public advocate.”

VA: PAC USED FOR CLOTHES. The Post. “Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell bought nearly $9,800 in clothing with money from her husband’s political action committee and tapped into his campaign and inaugural funds to buy $7,600 in mostly unspecified items, according to records and a representative for the PAC.”


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