Thurs. political law links

SUPPORTER OF REFORM.  The Chattanoogan.  “With the Supreme Court rulings over the last five years, the time has come for the American people to seriously consider real campaign finance reform. This will take a Constitutional Amendment.”

GUILTY PLEA.  “Michael R. Giorgio, the chief financial officer of Suarez Corp. Industries, pleaded guilty Monday to seven charges of violating federal campaign finance laws.”


FEC HIRING.  FEC.  “Are you interested in helping to protect the integrity of America’s federal elections? Would you like to work with talented colleagues and a management team that respects a healthy work-life balance and seeks to create one of the best places to work in the federal government?”

CA:  NEWSOM TAKES BITCOIN.  KCBA.  “He is among the first big name politicians to begin accepting campaign donations in Bitcoins.”

CA:  ISSUE ADVOCACY COMPLAINT.  Sacramento Bee.  “Marshall Tuck, one of two challengers in this year’s race for state superintendent of public instruction, has filed an ethics complaint against the California Teachers Association for a series of television ads supporting incumbent Tom Torlakson.”

CA:  PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM DECISION.  CA Appellate Report.  “The question is whether it’s unconstitutional for the state to make public donors to that Proposition.”  More at the Metropolitan News-Enterprise:  “The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday rejected a challenge to California campaign-finance disclosure laws by supporters of Proposition 8.”

CA:  EXEMPTION SOUGHT.  “A lobbyist is once again trying to get around San Jose’s ‘Revolving Door’ policy, which is designed to prevent former city workers and elected officials from holding undue influence on public projects.”

MI: ATTORNEY CLEARED.  “Accusations that have haunted Timothy Stoepker for eight years may finally be over.”

NY: CU V. NY. Politico. “The conservative group Citizens United says it is suing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over his interpretation of how much information the organization is legally obliged to disclose about its donors.”

PA:  PAY TO PLAY.  “Republican governors and their appointees on the Turnpike Commission for decades solicited campaign money from engineering firms doing business with the agency, but only Democrats from the past administration were charged with crimes, a defense lawyer argues.”

WI:  LOBBYIST DONATION TIMING.  “State election officials cleared the way Wednesday for lobbyists to deliver campaign checks from their clients and political action committees at any time, including while lawmakers deliberate the state budget and other major legislation.”

CAN:  REGISTRY APPROVED.  CBC News.  “New Brunswick MLAs voted for a bill today that will establish a lobbyist registry in the province after seven years of debate.”


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