Political law links, 4-1-14

GUILTY PLEAS.  New Haven Register.  “A former Republican congressional candidate and her husband pleaded guilty Monday in a scheme to set up a phony contract to hide the role played in the campaign by ex-Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned a decade ago in a corruption scandal.”

VON SPAKOVSKY TESTIMONY ON IRS INVESTIGATION.  Heritage.  “When combined with the refusal of the Justice Department and the FBI to provide even basic information about the status of the investigation, as well as the seemingly unjustifiable delays in talking to key witnesses in the conservative organizations targeted by the IRS, it raises substantial questions about whether or not a serious, objective, unbiased investigation is being conducted.”

SUPER PACS COULD OUTSPEND.  Ad Age.  “It’s unlikely that the 2014 midterm elections are going to blow away any ad spending records, with the exception of one. Some say this will be the first time that Super PACs outspend actual campaigns.”

BIG SPENDING BROTHERS (THE STEYERS) IN THE NEWS.  WFB.  “A conservative group put out a new ad on Monday that ties Democrats to billionaire former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, casting him as the Democratic equivalent to libertarian industrialists Charles and David Koch.”

CA:  VOTES AND DONATIONS.  SFGate.com.  “Sifting through the layers of alleged criminality in a years-long FBI probe that ensnared Yee, notorious Chinatown gangster Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow and 24 others last week, the picture that emerges of Yee in a 137-page FBI affidavit is not the sleeves-rolled-up, 65-year-old Democrat with a knack for retail politics that Yee projected.”

CA:  PAY SHOULD BE SUSPENDED.  SFGate.com.  “If Sacramento is committed to cleaning up its image in the wake the Yee scandal, it should take steps to bar pay for lawmakers facing criminal charges who don’t have the decency to resign.”

NJ:  MAYORAL CANDIDATE QUERIES.  PolitickerNJ.com.  “Trenton mayoral candidate Jim Golden has publicly called on rival candidate Eric Jackson to account for approximately $24,000 in campaign contributions allegedly missing from his unsuccessful 2010 mayoral campaign.”

NY:  SOROS AND PUBLIC FUNDING.  NY Post.  “The activist son of leftist billionaire George Soros nearly derailed an on-time state budget as he threatened to launch multimillion-dollar TV campaigns against Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders unless they approved a sweeping system of publicly financed campaigns, The Post has learned.”


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