SUPER PAC ACCEPTANCE. HuffPo. “Like other super PACs, Ready for Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committees to raise unlimited sums of money to call for the election or defeat of candidates.”
“NEW BUSINESS OF LOBBYING.” Marketplace.org. “More firms are taking what they call a ‘multidisciplinary approach’ to lobbying. Lobbyists work hand in hand with lawyers, and some firms hire strategic communications consultants.”
FL: BECKHAM CLEARED. Miami Herald. “An ethics inquiry into David Beckham’s stadium campaign has cleared the soccer star of violating local lobbying rules.”
NY: CUOMO AND CFR. Newsday. “Good-government groups, pressing lawmakers to back publicly financed political campaigns, issued a report Tuesday saying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was the biggest beneficiary of the state’s weak campaign-contribution regulations.”
MA: IRONWORKERS PAY. Valley Patriot. “The Ironworkers Union Local 7 PAC has made a $20,000 payment to the state’s general fund to resolve several campaign finance violations, including the failure to disclose more than $124,000 in contributions from 2011 to 2013, according to a disposition agreement between OCPF and the PAC.”
MT: MOTL RESOLUTION. Billings Gazette. “On more specific topics, Republican Debby Barrett, R-Dillon, requested a resolution to not confirm Jonathan Motl as commissioner of political practices. (Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Motl to the office, and he will need state Senate confirmation in 2015 to stay in office.)”
NC: MAYOR ARRESTED. Fox. “The mayor of Charlotte, N.C. — the state’s largest city and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention — was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges and accused of taking bribes after an FBI sting. ”
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