Mon. political law links, 9-23-13

PATRIOT PROGRAM. Roll Call. “The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce it has raised $3 million total for the 20 vulnerable incumbents through its Patriot program, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.”

SUPER PAC BUY. Story here. “A super PAC launched by failed Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle has waded into the upcoming Alabama special election, making a small television buy to boost one of the Republican candidates in the crowded field.”

SUPER PACS DEPLOYED.  Politico.  “Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs.”

JACKSON AUCTION UPDATE. Here. “The U.S. Marshals Service today cancelled the auction of forfeited assets from the Jesse Jackson, Jr., case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. After receiving legitimate concerns about the authenticity of the guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen and out of an abundance of caution, the Marshals Service will conduct a secondary review of all the assets. Once the review is complete, a decision will be made whether to repost any assets for sale by auction.”

STEPHEN CARTER ON MCCUTCHEON. Here. “You’re welcome to contribute to the candidate of your choice, and no doubt your money will buy you a degree of access, but the one thing it won’t buy you is a government job.”

BLOW TO LAW COMING.  LAT.  “In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.”

MOYERS ON MCCUTCHEON. Here. “Why isn’t it logical, then, to remove the cap on overall direct contributions to candidates and committees, as McCutcheon argues? Maybe it is, but if so, one of the basic premises of the Court’s first big campaign finance case would have to be rethought: the notion that direct contributions can lead to corruption, or at least its appearance.”

SENTENCE IN CASE.  Story here.  “A 35-year-old man was sentenced Thursday for his role in a scheme to direct illegal campaign contributions to a candidate for U.S. Congress.”

CA: LONG BEACH LIMITS. Story here. “A legal opinion released Friday levels the playing field in next year’s city election.”

CA:  SKETCHY FINE.  Story here.  “The California Fair Political Practices Commission fined Skechers $2,400 for late disclosures involving thousands of dollars in contributions the shoe company made to Moreno Valley City Council members embroiled in a political corruption investigation.”

DE:  MORE DISCOVERED.  Story here.  “Gov. Jack Markell’s 2008 campaign, already the focus of a state criminal investigation that has netted three plea deals with donors, received other illegal contributions through businesses created by supporters, The News Journal has learned.”

FL: FINE FOR LOAN DISCLOSURE. Story here. “State elections regulators have dinged County Commissioner David Moore for a violation of campaign finance laws, recently released public records indicate.”

GA: ALLEGATIONS IN THE NEWS. Story here. “Gov. Nathan Deal said allegations that the head of Georgia’s ethics commission improperly intervened into an investigation involving an ethics complaint against him were ‘totally unsubstantiated and primarily false.'”

RI: LACK OF DISCLOSURE ALLEGED. Story here. “In a complaint filed with the commission on Sept. 3, Judith Reilly, a former Providence resident now living in Salem, Mass., alleged that [House Speaker] Fox violated the code of ethics by failing to disclose, on his annual financial-disclosure filings, income he received for performing legal work for the Providence Economic Development Partnership between 2005 and 2009.”

VA: ETHICS PROMINENT. The Post. “In a state that has long considered itself a place of clean government, the shadow of a federal investigation into gifts received by Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) and his family is hanging over dozens of House of Delegate races that are normally about traffic, schools and other daily concerns.”

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