Political law links for 8-7-13

DEBATE ISSUE.  The Hill.  “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that he expects CNN and NBC to refuse his demand that they cease production of films about potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and repeated his threat to cut them out of the 2016 Republican primary debates.”

OFA AND NUNN.  Politico.  “OFA says it’s not endorsing specific candidates or participating in ‘electoral politics,’ but by telling donors that its work will directly help Democratic candidates, OFA is jumping over a partisan boundary it previously had said it wouldn’t cross.”

WORK FOR ZIMBABWE BRINGS CHARGES.  US Attorney’s Office:  “Federal charges were unsealed today against two Chicago men for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions in late 2008 and 2009 by agreeing to assist Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and others in an effort to lift economic sanctions against them in exchange for $3.4 million.”

MD:  RARE ETHICS SUMMER MEETING.  Story here.  “Maryland’s legislative ethics committee announced a rare summer meeting on Monday, a day after a Washington Post story about a complaint filed against Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s) that alleges a conflict of interest.”

PA:  PITTSBURGH CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  Here.  “This year’s mayoral race was set to be the highest-profile test of the city’s 2009 campaign-finance law, which sought to limit the influence of large-dollar contributors. But those limits — $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for committees — were lifted April 3 by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph James.”

VA:  BOLLING SEEKS SESSION.  Story here.  “Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is calling for a $250 cap on gifts to elected officials, one of a series of detailed proposals he unveiled Tuesday in response to the ongoing controversy over gifts accepted by Virginia’s other two statewide officeholders.”

WI:  CONVERTED CONVERTIBLE FUNDS.  Story here.  “State Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, used $1,200 to buy himself a 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet, a convertible he proudly showed me when I ran into him at the Capitol in June.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday.

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