Fri. political law links, 2-7-14

ETHICS COMMITTEE NEWS.  Roll Call.  “The House Ethics Committee may launch a formal investigation into freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., according to an official statement from the panel on Thursday afternoon.”

ETHICS COMMITTEE NEWS II.  Politico.  “GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.”

UNLOADING ON THE IRS.  The Hill.  “Leading GOP lawmakers are urging the IRS to withdraw new proposed rules governing tax-exempt groups, casting the regulations as a political power play meant to silence conservatives.”

LIST USE ISSUES.  The Hill.  “Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has cut ties with the conservative website NewsMax after they used an email list he’d rented out to them to blast out an article titled ‘5 Signs You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease.'”


FL:  ONE YEAR SENTENCE FOR LOBBYIST.  Miami Herald.  “Lobbyist Jorge Forte was many things to Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Maroño: close friend, business partner, political ally — and bagman.”

IN: REPRIMAND IN ETHICS CASE.  “The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Scott Storms, the former top lawyer at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, for negotiating a job for himself with Duke Energy Corp. while considering a sensitive matter worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the utility.”

MA:  EXPEL HENRIQUEZ.  Boston Globe.  “Following a marathon hearing that stretched from early afternoon to night, the House Committee on Ethics called on Henriquez’s colleagues to force the Dorchester Democrat from the chamber.”

MT:  COMPLAINT DISMISSED.  Billings Gazette.  “State Political Practices Commissioner Jon Motl issued another order Thursday related to his ongoing investigation of alleged illegal campaign spending by secretive ‘dark money’ groups – but this time, he dismissed a charge.”

VT:  CHANGES FOR CFR?  Story here.  “There was a drafting error — the effective dates were incorrect — and so House Government Operations must address the problem with Act 90 in H.640, a technical corrections bill that will be up for action in the coming days. The bill, however, has not yet been voted out of committee.”


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