Tuesday’s political law links

NONPROFITS PLAY. The Post. “From coast to coast, election contests are increasingly being influenced by well-funded nonprofit organizations that disclose little about their donors or how they operate.”

SUPER PAC NEWS.  Here.  “Four days after his dismal Denver presidential debate performance, Barack Obama secretly attended a fundraiser for a super PAC in violation of a campaign pledge to avoid such events, according to the authors of a new book, Double Down: Game Change 2012.”

BRIFFAULT: FOCUS ON SMALL DONORS. Jurist. “Even if the court rediscovers judicial modesty, decides to check its tendency to second-guess Congress, and instead reaffirms Buckley’s validation of both contribution limits and aggregate caps, such a decision will have at best a modest effect in constraining the role of great private wealth in our elections. That goal is more likely to be achieved by mechanisms that dilute the role of great private wealth by increasing the share of campaign money coming from small donors. As a number of states and cities have demonstrated, small-donor matching systems, in which small contributions are matched by public funds, often at a greater than one-to-one ratio, are one way to do this.”

GOOD ADVICE? Roll Call. “And just how do you meet those elusive ‘lobbyists’ everyone talks about but no one claims to be?”

CA: KOCH UPDATE. WFB. “Former Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (CFPPC) Ann Ravel admitted this weekend that the Koch brothers were not involved with campaign finance violations that resulted in a record fine levied by the agency.”

CT: SENTENCING THURS. Here. “A Middlebury man who owned two roll-your-own tobacco shops in Waterbury is facing sentencing for his role in a campaign financing plot surrounding former state House Speaker Chris Donovan’s failed congressional campaign.”

DC: AMENDMENTS PROPOSED. City Paper. The amendments attempt to deal with pay to play issues.

TX: ETHICS EXPENSES. Link. “So far, about 80 percent of the city workforce — roughly 10,000 employees — have gone through ethics training put on by Navigant Consulting.”

GERMANY: DAS REVOLVING DOOR. Here. “Berlin prosecutors are investigating ex-German state minister Eckart von Klaeden over a potential conflict of interest after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s former ally joined Daimler as a lobbyist.”


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