Good morning, here are Thursday’s political law links, 9-26

IMPROVED CORPORATE DISCLOSURE.  Roll Call.  “A national organization that ranks corporate political disclosure policies announced that there had been a surge in the number of top companies with strong political disclosure politics.”

INDICTMENT UNSEALED.  Here.  “A federal indictment was unsealed today charging two executives at a North Canton company with conspiring to violate campaign finance laws, conspiring to obstruct justice and committing  other related crimes, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office.”

LEGAL EXPENSE TRUST ESTABLISHED.  Story here.  “A congressman who has been dogged by legal troubles surrounding his family has set up a legal expense trust to help defray legal fees.”

K ST. CRISIS.  Story here.  “The stigma associated with being a registered lobbyist has created an identity crisis for K Street.”

INAUGURAL DONATION REPORTING.  Politico.  “Many of the unions and corporations that underwrote President Barack Obama’s inauguration — including Microsoft, the Coca-Cola Company, and Visa — failed to properly document their contributions, according to a new analysis.”

NV:  PRISON URGED.  USAT.  “Federal prosecutors filed documents Tuesday saying fallen Nevada power-broker Harvey Whittemore should be sentenced to four-plus years in prison for making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

PA:  OPINION RELEASED.  Story here.  “The attorney for a Philadelphia city councilwoman who has had ethical problems in the past is furious at the city’s Ethics Board for making public the board’s opinion on whether she can host a fundraiser.”

PA:  ETHICS BD.  WITH LITTLE POWER.  Story here.  “‘I probably could have knitted quite a few afghans over my time at being at the ethics hearing board,’ he said. At the outset of Bob O’Connor’s service on the board, people seemed excited that the then-mayor had resurrected it. But then, ‘it just kind of faded and no one really paid us any mind,’ Rev. Welch said.”

RI:  INVESTIGATION MOVES.  Story here.  “The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has authorized an investigation into an ethics complaint against House Speaker Gordon D. Fox, in connection with his role as a closing attorney for a troubled Providence economic-development loan program.”

WA:  LOBBYIST TRANSPARENCY SUPPORTED.  Here.  “The PDC staff recommendation is a response to a news story last spring that lobbyists had paid for more than $65,000 worth of meals, drinks and golf enjoyed by state lawmakers during the first four months of the 2013 session. One lawmaker alone accepted 62 free meals.”


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