Fri. political law links, 1-24-14

REIMBURSEMENT ALLEGED.  NBC.  “Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was indicted in federal court on Thursday on allegations he made illegal contributions to a U.S. Senate campaign in New York in 2012.”

SCHUMER ON IRS.  Roll Call.  “Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Democrats, the administration and the IRS must immediately ‘redouble’ efforts to close loopholes created by a recent Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates for money into politics.”

SUPER PAC MOVE.  NYT.  “The Obama political operation that once buried Hillary Rodham Clinton’s White House ambitions is now rapidly converging around her possible 2016 presidential bid, conferring on Mrs. Clinton enormous early advantages in money, expertise and voter targeting techniques.”

LOBBYIST SPENDING DOWN.  IBT.  “Lobbyists are spending less these days, at least if trends from 2013 continue.”

PAC HOUSEKEEPING.  Lexology.  “With the New Year knocking at the door and the 2014 election season just around the corner, it is time for those of us who manage a federal Political Action Committee (‘PAC’) to take the housekeeping steps necessary to remain compliant with federal campaign finance laws.”

CA:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE BIZARRE.  Voice of San Diego.  “And just like that, San Diego is in the midst of yet another political scandal. It’s shaping up to be a weird one.”

DC:  GRAY REPORT.  City Paper.  “Orange’s resolution echoes a Monday Washington Post editorial, which called for the release of the report that was finished in May 2012.”

VA:  DOJ DEALS.  WP.  “The failed behind-the-scenes plea discussions underscore the governor’s strong assertion that prosecutors have stretched the law to ensnare a high-level official through the actions of his wife.”

WA:  BETTER ACCESS TO LOBBYING REPORTS.  Post Intelligencer.  “A group of lawmakers led by Republican Sen. Joe Fain proposed a bill Thursday that would require lobbyists to pay a $200 annual fee to fund the development of electronic reporting system.”


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