Today’s political law links

EVENT CLARIFICATION. The Post. “Either way, Obama was on safe legal ground by taking part in the confab. While super PACs are prohibited from coordinating their strategy with candidates or official parties, the Federal Election Commission has said that candidates can still appear at super PAC events.”

QUESTIONING NONPROFITS. CSM. “These groups do not participate directly in campaigns. They merely collect money from anonymous donors and distribute it to other groups, thus creating additional layers of anonymity for their big bucks contributors.”

AZ: PING PONG. Here. “If you are a candidate, or have plans to be one in Arizona, good luck complying with state campaign finance laws.”

KY: SUPER PAC SPENDS. Here. “A year before the 2014 general election, a Republican super PAC whose highest priority is the 2014 re-election of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has just spent $338K against his opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky.”

NC: SUPER PAC IMPACT. Here. The amount spent was reportedly “four times that of the dollars raised by the candidates.”

NJ: INDEPENDENT SPENDING AND D GAINS. Politico. “The outside spending could be a model for state-level battles in 2014 and beyond as outside groups play an increasingly prominent role in political races at all levels.”

SC: HALEY ON ETHICS. The State. “Questions about how much income public officials should disclose and who should police them are central, but controversial, parts of the debate over the proposed legislation.”

VA: GOV ELECT MOVES ON GIFTS. The Post. “McAuliffe also announced that he would sign two executive orders upon taking office in January: the first a non-discrimination policy protecting gays, lesbians and transgender state workers; and the second a pledge that neither he nor members of his family would accept any gifts greater than $100 while he is governor.”

UK: LOBBYING BILL ISSUES. Telegraph. “How has a Bill designed to shine light on lobbying ended up as a problem only for the charity sector? Part of the problem is its narrow definition of the term ‘lobbyist’.”


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