Thurs., 1-9-14 political law links

FACEBOOK CORRECTS.  “Facebook’s political-action committee, fbPAC, adjusted its contributions to three senators following an inquiry by the Federal Election Commission, Roll Call’s Political MoneyLine blog reported.”

HILLARY $UPER PAC.  Fox.  “Ready for Hillary, the super PAC trying to build a groundswell of support for a potential Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, says it raised more than $4 million in 2013.”

SUPER PAC REPORTS.  USAT.  “A super PAC backing Sen. David Vitter, R-La., raised more than $750,000 during the second half of 2013, the group’s treasurer Charles Spies said Wednesday.”

CO:  INDEPENDENT PARTY UNIT SEEKS OPINION.  WP.  “In a petition filed with Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R), the party asks permission to create an independent expenditure unit to raise and spend money on political campaigns. The party is asking Gessler to allow them to accept unlimited contributions, just as super PACs and other outside groups are allowed to do.”

CT:  ANOTHER SENTENCE.  CT Mirror.  “Paul Rogers, 41, of Middlebury, one of the smoke shop owners caught up in a conspiracy to bribe a state legislator to keep the roll-your-own business tax free, was sentenced to six months in prison Wednesday, a reward for his cooperation wilth federal authorities.”

ID:  SESSION SOLICITATION QUESTIONED.  Idaho Statesman.  “Rep. Phylis King emailed lobbyists Sunday suggesting that Friday’s $25 event ‘is a great opportunity to help Ada County Democrats,’ despite a tradition that discourages fundraising by lawmakers during the legislative session.”

MD:  SESSION PROMISE SOUGHT.  WP.  “On the eve of Maryland’s legislative session, gubernatorial hopeful Douglas F. Gansler took the unusual step Tuesday of asking the running mate of his chief Democratic rival, Anthony G. Brown, to refrain from raising money in the coming 90 days.”

NE:  TWEAKS TO CFR.  “Chambers introduced a bill (LB676) on Wednesday that would require campaigns to file bank statements with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. It also would make it illegal to take personal loans from a candidate’s campaign account and increase the fine limit for abuses related to campaign funds from $2,000 to $5,000.”

NJ:  TOUGHER PAY TO PLAY SUPPORTED.  “While no law in itself can guarantee integrity, a tough limit on pay-to-play donations is at least an attempt to rid the county of untoward political influence.”

VT:  VPIRG OPPOSES NEW LIMITS.  Here.  “Under current law, the limit on party donations is now $2,000. The cap would be $10,000 from a single source or a political action committee under the new proposal. In addition, a national political party can contribute up to $60,000 to a state party.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday.  Have a great weekend.

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