Tuesday’s top political law links

RADEL RESIGNS.  Roll Call.  “An already brewing and nasty battle to oust an embattled Florida Republican escalated Monday when Rep. Trey Radel announced his resignation from Congress.”

RESIGNATION AND ETHICS.  Roll Call.  “When embattled Florida Rep. Trey Radel ends his tenure in Congress at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the House Ethics Committee is also expected to end its investigation into the Republican freshman’s arrest for cocaine possession.”

16 STARTS. Marketplace.org. “‘Is it just me, or are we raising campaign money earlier?'”

REP. SEEKS CFR.  Concord Monitor.  “To that end, this month I am joining U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland in sponsoring a proposal that would enhance the impact of everyday people on our elections. Together, we are introducing the Government by the People Act, a package of reforms designed to amplify the voices of individuals in congressional elections.”

CA: INDEPENDENT COUNSEL BRIEFING. LAT. “The state Senate’s ethics panel was briefed behind closed doors Monday by an independent counsel on his investigation into misconduct allegations involving Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello).”

CA: CORRECTION. SF Chron. “In a story Jan. 24 about a campaign committee that paid the state $300,000 after an investigation by California’s political watchdog agency, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reasons for the penalty against the Small Business Action Committee. The committee was required to return the money because two groups that gave it improperly concealed their contributions, not because the committee incorrectly reported the contributions.”

FL: SCOTT SUPPORT. Jacksonville.com. “With the growth of outside committees — known as political committees or electioneering communication organizations — that face no contribution caps, it makes no sense for campaigns to hustle for paltry four-digit checks.”

FL: SINGLE SUBJECT SUPER PAC. PR Newswire. “In hopes of providing a simple non-partisan solution for the way Congress does business, Single Subject Amendment, a Super PAC, is spearheading an effort to add an amendment to the United States Constitution.”

GA: ETHICS COMMISSION ISSUES. OnlineAthens.com. “The agency has been dealing with the fallout of lawsuits filed by former commission employees alleging retaliation for work investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal. A handful of current and former employees have also received federal subpoenas.”

MD: PUBLIC FINANCING PROPOSED. WP. “Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews is preparing to introduce legislation that would establish the Washington region’s first system of public financing for local elections.”

NH: FORMER LEADER CLEARED. PressHerald.com. “New Hampshire’s Legislative Ethics Committee voted unanimously Monday to clear former Senate President Peter Bragdon of using his position to win a $180,000 job with a quasi-governmental organization, but wants his agreement to informally resolve two issues.”

NY:  IS CUOMO SERIOUS?  Democrat & Chronicle.  “Still, the question remains: Which Cuomo will push the issue this year?”


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