Thurs. political law links

CRAIG CASE UPDATE.  Here.  “Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig says he needs more time in his bid to fight off demands by federal election regulators he pay $140,000 in fines and return $217,000 to his campaign that he’d used for his legal defense after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.”

CO:  A FIRST IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  WT.  “In an American electoral first, a Colorado organization fighting new taxes on legal marijuana has filed a campaign finance disclosure report after a watchdog group complained that the group’s decision to give away free joints at a political rally could be considered a ‘campaign contribution.'”

DC:  VOTE NEXT MONTH.  Here.  “The D.C. Council will vote on a package of campaign finance reforms as soon as early next month, taking a new step in an ethics push that began in the wake of high-profile federal investigations two years ago.”

DC:  SUPREMES AND GRAY.  Here.  “The legal maneuvering in an ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign has reached the U.S. Supreme Court and has the potential to prolong an already lengthy probe.”

MT:  RANGE OF VIEWS ON JOB.  Here.  “Those testifying before an interim legislative committee Monday offered widely divergent opinions about the role of the state political practices commissioner and how the office should be structured.”

TX:  ETHICS ACCUSATIONS.  Here.  “Mayor Annise Parker and top challenger Ben Hall may have the least happy pen pal relationship in recent memory.”

WA:  522 GROUP SUIT.  Here.  “State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday he will still seek penalties against a food industry group that recently identified donors who contributed money to oppose a food labeling initiative.”


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