Bitcoin request and other political law links

BITCOIN REQUEST. Politico. “The Federal Election Commission is poised to determine rules governing donations made in Bitcoins and how they apply to political campaigns.”

ERROR IN PAYMENT. Story here. “Rep. Tom Reed accidentally paid a Steuben County tax bill out of campaign funds last year, but he insisted Tuesday that the mistake – which broke House ethics rules but which he quickly corrected – will not happen again.”

UNIONS FLEX. NBC. “Labor unions are increasingly flexing their muscles in the political arena through the use of super PACs — the organizations frequently funded by billionaire businessmen and often derided for unleashing a flood of special interest money into elections.”

FINANCE MOVES. Story here. “The National Republican Senatorial Committee is replacing its finance director.”

LA: JINDAL RECEIVES NOMINEES. Story here. “Gov. Bobby Jindal has sixty days to choose the member of the Louisiana Board of Ethics.”

MI: NOT SO QUICKEN. Story here. “Online retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans asked a super PAC that supports Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan to give back an $80,000 political donation after a complaint to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.”

TX: TEXANS FOR FREE ENTERPRISE ARGUMENT. Oral argument in the Texans for Free Enterprise case was yesterday. I agree with counsel’s conclusion (though I didn’t attend).

VA: STAKES RAISED. The Post. “An environmentalist billionaire is putting another half-million dollars into the effort to beat Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, the latest sign that outside groups plan to pour cash into the Virginia governor’s contest.”


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