Thurs. 4-24-14 political law links

MASON ON FEC.  CCP.  “When one side argues that the other side isn’t just wrong, but that their views and actions aren’t even legitimate (dysfunction or failing to enforce the law), that hardly represents the ‘effort to reach some compromise’ that Noble says is needed.”

CASE IS POLITICAL.  NYDN.  “Right-wing pundit Dinesh D’Souza says his prosecution on campaign finance charges may be political retribution for his railing against President Obama.”

MCCAIN PREDICTS.  The Hill.  “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said he predicts ‘a major scandal’ will happen as a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions to relax campaign finance laws.”

READY FOR SUPER PACS.  CNN.  “Hillary 2016 PAC, which organized with the Federal Election Commission earlier this year, is run by two young politicos – Eric Williams and Kelley Johnson – who have some local organizing experience but are new to the Clinton world.”

SUPER PAC IN.  WP.  “CREDO SuperPAC hopes to spend $2.5 million this year to help Democrats keep the Senate.”

SUPER PAC POSITIVE.  Politico.  “The goal of the buy is to add some badly-needed positive messaging around Cotton, allowing the campaign to stretch its own ad dollars into later in the campaign.”

CT:  DGA CHALLENGE.  HuffPo.  “The U.S. Democratic Governors’ Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates.”

ID:  KETCHUM UPDATE.  Ketchum Keystone.  “Those seeking public office in Ketchum will not soon have to disclose information on campaign contributions, unless the Idaho Legislature changes state law to allow cities with populations of under 5,000 to require that candidates report such information.”

PA: UNIONS SUPER SIZE IT. New Pittsburgh Courier. “Indeed, the Pennsylvania State Education Association has alerted its more than 180,000 members that up to 12 percent of their dues money will be used on politics this year. That amounts to more than $7 million which could end up in the hands of super PACs like General Majority—and that’s just one of Pennsylvania’s many public sector unions.”

VA:  PROCRASTINATORS WIN.  Times Dispatch.  “The State Board of Elections this morning formally approved the change of the filing deadline for periodic campaign finance reports from 5 p.m. the day they’re due to 11:59 p.m.”


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