Wed. political law links, 11-13-13

L PAC BILL INTRODUCED.  Here.  “According to the release, ‘The bill will extend the current ban on the personal use of funds by candidate reelection campaigns by clarifying that the ban also applies to leadership PACs, a campaign committee of a political party, and every kind of campaign committee.'”

ALG DISCLOSURE.  Roll Call.  “Alison Lundergan Grimes, the 2014 Democratic Senate candidate running for the seat now held by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., filed her Ethics in Government Act report today disclosing her personal financial information.”

SUPER PAC START.  The Times.  “A grass-roots super PAC may seem an oxymoron: such groups can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political races as long as they do not coordinate with a candidate. But rather than invest in expensive television ads, Ready for Hillary puts all of its donations into building its email list of supporters.”

R’S SWAMPED.  USAT.  “Liberal super PACs have spent $10.8 million on federal races this year —twice as much as conservative super PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ tally of independent spending in federal races.”

MA:  FASTER DISCLOSURE.  Boston Globe.  “Secretary of State William F. Galvin and several state lawmakers, alarmed by the flood of secret money that poured into the Boston mayor’s race, are preparing legislation that would require outside groups to disclose their donors in real time.”

MA:  COMPLAINT FILED.  Here.  “The Massachusetts Republican Party on Tuesday made good on its promise to file official complaints over alleged campaign finance violations by Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat seeking to become the state’s next governor.”

MI:  DOUBLE LIMITS?  “A new Michigan Senate bill would double limits on donations to political campaign committees — but require more frequent public reporting of those contributions.”

NY:  PUBLIC FINANCING CALL.  Here.  “Advocacy groups are encouraged by recent statements by the co- chair of Governor Cuomo’s anti corruption commission, who says he now favors public financing of political campaigns.”

PA:  POLICE BAN.  Law360.  “A provision of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter barring police officers from making contributions to political candidates is an outdated attempt to stop corruption on the force that can no longer pass constitutional muster, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police told the Third Circuit on Tuesday.”


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