Monday’s political law links, 4-21-14

SUPER PAC FRAMILY PLAN.  HuffPo.  “As super PACs supporting a single politician proliferate across the country ahead of the 2014 elections, some are reaching out for contributions from the family and friends of the candidates they support, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.”

SENATOR DONATES TO SUPER PAC.  Politico.  “The wealthy West Virginia senator cut a personal check for $250,000 to Senate Majority PAC, the super PAC focused on defending Democrats’ majority this fall, according to first-quarter campaign finance reports filed this week.”

FUNDRAISER GUILTY PLEA.  The Hill.  “A federal grand jury indicted two Virginia men on Wednesday for allegedly trying to illegally reimburse donors who gave to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.”

ZEALOTS DAMAGE DISCLOSURE CAUSE.  Krauthammer.  “Coupling unlimited donations and full disclosure was a reasonable way to reconcile the irreconcilables of campaign finance. Like so much else in our politics, however, it has been ruined by zealots. What a pity.”

LERNER AND DOJ.  DC.  “Former head of the IRS tax-exempt division Lois Lerner communicated with the Justice Department about the possibility of criminally prosecuting certain tax-exempt groups, new documents reveal.”

MCCUTCHEON NOTED.  FEC.  “While the Court’s decision removes the overall cap on individual contributions, it does not affect the Act’s base limits on individual contributions to federal candidate campaigns, PACs or party committees.”

PURPLE HAZE.  FEC.  “Printed copies of the 2014 edition of Title 11 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) are now available from the Commission.”

MA:  COAKLEY PAYS.  Boston Globe.  “Attorney General Martha Coakley’s state political committee will turn over $17,813 to charity as part of an agreement with campaign finance regulators who found that she violated Massachusetts laws by using her federal US Senate funds for state political activities.”

NM:  REPORTS SNAFU.  “Technical issues with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s online database for tracking campaign finance reports contributed to errors in Wednesday’s story on campaign finance reports filed by candidates for the June 3 primary in Sandoval County.”

NY:  LOBBYIST CONFLICT ALLEGED.  “When Anthony M. Masiello’s lobbying firm filed its required reports with New York State over the last six months, it noted working on ‘Peace Bridge reconstruction matters’ for a local construction trade group.”

VA:  MCDONNELL CASE UPDATE.  WP.  “Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) has lost another legal fight in the federal corruption case against him and his wife.”

WA:  FREE MEALS A TARGET.  “Washington lobbyists might be picking up the tab on too many steak dinners and sushi plates in Olympia.”


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