Wed., 3-12 political law links

IS THE PARTY OVER?  The Hill.  “The legislation, which is now headed to President Obama’s desk, would take the $126 million that is used to fund the annual convention parties and instead designate it for pediatric medical research.”

MYSTERY REDACTIONS.  NJ.  “What’s in this report? Why have Republicans pushed to publish it? How did it get redacted over the objections of presidentially appointed commissioners?”

LERNER ROLE TOPIC OF REPORT.  House Oversight.  “The report details Ms. Lerner’s role in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s targeting of conservative groups in her position as the IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, the division that led the targeting effort.”

CLINTON AIDE IN SCHEME.  CBS.  “A campaign adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton was involved in an off-the-books operation to help the former first lady’s 2008 presidential campaign in four states and Puerto Rico, according to federal court documents.”

CA:  MORE POWER FOR THE FPPC.  LAT.  “The Assembly gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that aims to crack down on anonymous campaign money by giving California’s ethics and tax agencies more authority to conduct investigations.”

CO:  COMPLAINT REHASH.  Denver Post.  “The Hickenlooper complaint centers on the Democratic Governors Association meeting in Aspen last year, which Hickenlooper hosted. Compass Colorado, the conservative group that filed the complaint, alleges the governor violated the state’s gift ban by allowing the group to pick up expenses for him and his staff, and questioned staff time in planning the outing.”

FL:  HOW’S CFR WORKING?  Orlando Sentinel.  “As we predicted last year, Florida’s campaign-finance ‘reform’ passed last session left a glaring loophole: not requiring the state parties to file reports on which companies and causes were filling their coffers as frequently as for candidates.”

NY:  LIU TO CHALLENGE BOARD.  Politicker.  “The former comptroller, who is still exploring a return to elected office and maintaining an extensive public schedule, will hold a press conference tomorrow in Manhattan to announce a ‘federal challenge’ to the Campaign Finance Board after he was denied public matching funds during last year’s mayoral race.”

PA:  SUPER PA(C) RULING.  “A federal judge is temporarily barring Pennsylvania from enforcing a political financing law that a Washington D.C.-based Democratic ‘super PAC’ claims violates its right to seek corporate and union donors.”

UT:  NO LIMITS.  SLT.  “Utah will remain one of only four states that have no campaign-donation limits. The House killed the latest attempt to create them on Monday.”

WI:  BACKING CFR.  The Cap Times.  “Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state business lobby, and the Wisconsin Realtors Association have both registered in support of SB655, which, among other things, would repeal a law that previously prohibited lobbyists from making contributions before June of an election year.”


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