Tuesday’s top political law links

NONPROFIT HEADACHES. Roll Call. “But if social welfare groups are now the vehicle of choice for political players intent on operating in the dark, such organizations may already be falling out of favor. The new ‘dark money’ flavors of the month may soon include 501(c)(6) trade associations, trusts, limited liability corporations, for-profit corporations set up for the purpose of making independent campaign expenditures or even veterans groups, the panelists predicted.”

ETHICS RHYME. NPR. “Seven pages of rules — and one page with a poem. About congressional ethics rules.”

YAMAHA OPINION REQUEST VIEW. Insidepoliticallaw.com. “As was true last year, there are no longer four votes to reaffirm the three decades of advisory opinions that have held that domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations may establish and administer SSFs, so long as certain procedural protections exist.”

ETHICS SQUABBLES. CJonline.com. “The campaigns of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and the Kansas Republican’s primary challenger are sparring publicly over ethics issues, increasing the acrimony in their already contentious race.”

SUPER PAC 16 WATCH. The Hill. “Correct the Record, the 2016-specific arm of Democratic super-PAC American Bridge, is pushing back on early Republican attempts to define potential presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton negatively.”

CA: DUE FOR TIGHTENING. SFGate.com. “Most San Franciscans do not lose sleep at night worrying about whether lawyers are serving as unregistered lobbyists.”

NJ: SUPER PAC OF STATE SEN. NJ.com. “Lesniak (D-Union) is using a super PAC to spread his already considerable influence in New Jersey to everything from local school board elections to the upcoming mayoral race in the city of Trenton.”


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