Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 1-16-14

X-RDS COVERAGE.  USNews.  “Crossroads claims the dismissal of the case as a victory and argues it is evidence they have done nothing wrong.”

DONORS AWAIT MCCUTCHEON.  “Hedge fund managers, a top tax lobbyist, an engineer with two dozen patents to his name, an oilman, a PBS host and the CEO of a storied construction firm flush with federal contracts are some of the well-heeled individuals who are already at or near the maximum amount individuals can contribute to politicians, parties and PACs in the 2014 election cycle — limits that might be swept away by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision expected soon.”

SUPER PAC AND INDEPENDENT GROUP BURN RATE.  Roll Call.  “Recently released tax forms shed light on the big salaries that an elite corps of political organizers earned during the 2012 elections — and those who made the most often boasted the fewest wins.”

SCHOCK CONNECTION.  Chicago Tribune.  “A Houston woman who has donated to the campaign of Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois was arrested by the FBI last week for allegedly funneling illegal campaign money to two unspecified candidates for federal office.”

AR:  ETHICS COMMISSION APPOINTEE.  ArkansasOnline.  “Former Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation president and long-time educator Sybil Jordan Hampton has been appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office announced in a news release Wednesday.”

NY:  PUBLIC FINANCING PUSH.  Newsday.  “A coalition of good-government, political and church groups Wednesday urged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to use his executive budget power to establish public financing of campaigns.”

PA:  BAN CASH GIFTS?  “The Philadelphia Board of Ethics has apparently resolved a major battle with civic watchdog groups who want a policy that strictly bans city employees from accepting cash gifts from people who have business with the city.”

TX:  DONATION ISSUE.  Valley Star.  “Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño’s re-election campaign may have violated the Texas Election Code during July 2011 and June 2012, when the campaign received cash donations — two $5,000 payments — from reputed drug trafficker Tomas “El Gallo” Gonzalez.”

UT:  SUGGESTIONS FOR CFR.  “The lawmakers that have been leading the House of Representatives investigation of former Attorney General John Swallow received a number of suggestions Tuesday for alterations to state laws that could be put in place to prevent future situations like Swallow’s.”

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

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