Tuesday’s political law links

KOCH NETWORK. WP. “The political network spearheaded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch has expanded into a far-reaching operation of unrivaled complexity, built around a maze of groups that cloaks its donors, according to an analysis of new tax returns and other documents.”

PROSECUTORS FIGHT REQUEST. BLT. “Ring’s lawyers at Miller & Chevalier in December asked a federal trial judge in Washington to unseal portions of a PowerPoint presentation prosecutors showed him before he was indicted in 2008 on corruption charges.”

WAITING FOR MCCUTCHEON. NPR. “They have argued the campaign finance case. That is about contribution limits across the span of all federal candidates or to party committees, like the RNC and the DNC, the Democratic National Committee. And it looks like this sixth campaign finance challenge in the Roberts court will prevail again and there will be another part of federal campaign’s finance law that’s struck down.”

SNAPCHAT HIRES. Politico. “According to public records, Snapchat hired the firm Heather Podesta + Partners to lobby on issues related to the company’s operation and practices.”

MO: YEAR END DONATIONS. Connectmidmissouri.com. “Missouri’s most prolific political financier has made more than $1 million in year-end donations to some of his favorite causes.”

NJ: TAKING ON PAY TO PLAY. Story here. “Just minutes after formalizing a 5-2 majority on the board at the annual reorganization meeting, newly re-elected Freeholder Chairman David Ganz called for strengthening the county’s pay-to-play law — a measure that was relaxed last year.”

NC: NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS. Story here. “Under the new state elections law that went in effect Wednesday, the maximum contribution to candidates rises from $4,000 to $5,000, and several disclosure provisions will be rolled back. The real effect of the changes is unknown.”

WA: LOBBYIST MEALS A TARGET. News here. “No specific legislation is in the works, but lawmakers in both the Senate and House say the divided Legislature might actually act on the topic when they convene for a 60-day session that starts Monday, Jan. 13.”


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