Political law links, friends

CHRISTIE ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  RCP.  “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called for the abolishment of current federal and statewide campaign finance rules, and instead supported allowing unlimited donations to individual candidates with a public notification required within 48 hours.”

POTTER TO PRINCETON.  PU.  “His talk, ‘Can Our Democracy Survive the Supreme Court?,’ will discuss developments in campaign finance law, particularly with regards to the recent Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

D SUPER PAC RAISES BIG.  USAT.  “The Senate Majority PAC raised $11 million during the first three months of the year — a big sum as the group focuses on helping Democrats retain their majority in the U.S. Senate, new Federal Election Commission reports show.”

THE WAKE OF MCCUTCHEON.  DLA Piper.  “In McCutcheon, the Court was not forced to address comparable limits imposed under state law. At the time of the decision, eight states had in place aggregate individual contribution limits similar to the federal law, with one more state law set to go into effect next year.”

IRS AIMS AT PAUL.  Examiner.  “Ron Paul’s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.”

RNC SUES IRS.  WFB.  “The Republican National Committee (RNC) has filed a lawsuit against the IRS for delaying its response to the committee’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.”

GA:  OCR’ING CAMPAIGN FINANCE DATA.  InformationWeek.  “Faced with a deadline for electronically processing and making publicly available financial disclosure information, officials at the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission needed to deploy a system for digitizing a multiplicity of forms — some of which were even handwritten in crayon.”

IL:  STATE SUPER PAC FORMED.  News-Democrat.  “Former East St. Louis mayor Carl Officer says he has formed a SuperPAC to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, signaling a possible shift in Democratic support.”

MO:  BILL DROPPED.  Springfield News-Leader.  “An attempt at ethics reform fell flat in the Senate today after the bill’s sponsor withdrew the latest version of his legislation. The move came after a Senate leader expressed concern with the proposal.”

NJ:  WASH. TOWNSHIP EASING PAY TO PLAY.  NorthJersey.com.  “At the Monday, April 7 council meeting, a new ordinance was adopted in a 3-1 vote, which places a $300 threshold for contributions to a municipal candidate and a $500 cap on those to a county candidate, committee or political action committee. If an entity exceeds those limits, it is disqualified from receiving a contract with the township for one year.”

WI:  MORE TO COME.  TwinCities.com.  “The cameraman behind the video that led Republican state Senate President Mike Ellis to announce that he would not seek re-election has a message for politicians across the country: You could be next.”


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