Political law links and have a great 4th

COMMUNICATIONS AND COORDINATION.  Roll Call.  “Party campaign committees and outside groups aren’t allowed to coordinate, but as they outline their fall television ad strategies, interested groups are doing a very public dance to ensure they don’t step on each others’ toes and waste money duplicating efforts.”

ANSWERS SOUGHT.  Roll Call.  “The federal agency regulating and monitoring money in federal elections is seeking answers from a pro-Cochran Super PAC regarding what appears to be campaign finance violations.”

LOBBYIST PLEDGE.  PoliticsPA.  “[Kevin] Strouse reiterated his challenge to Republican Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick at a press conference today. Strouse is calling on his opponent to sign a pledge to promise to never become a lobbyist after leaving the House and to disclose all meetings with lobbyists.”

PAY TO PLAY ALERT.  MOFO.  “The SEC has brought the first action under the ‘pay-to-play’ rule adopted under the Investment Advisers Act.”

FL:  SUPREME COURT RULES ON FINE.  Examiner.  “The Florida Supreme Court has sanctioned a $25,000 fine against a Seminole County judge who admitted to violating the state’s campaign finance laws.”  The opinion is here.

IL:  EMANUEL SUPER PAC TAKE.  Chicago Tribune.  “Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015.”

IL:  BLAGOJEVICH RELEASED?  Post-Dispatch.  “Rod Blagojevich has long argued that he’s guilty only of typical political horse-trading, not felony corruption. We could be days away from finding out whether a federal appeals court agrees.”

LA:  NAGIN SENTENCING.  WDSU.  “Federal prosecutors said convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin lied on the stand in his corruption trial, ran and organized a bribery scheme, and should face a stiff sentence next week.”

MO:  GIFT TOTALS.  St. Louis Post Dispatch.  “Missouri public officials took in $680,000 in lobbyist gifts during the 2014 legislative session, with nearly all of it going to state lawmakers.”

VA:  “STUNNING” INVESTIGATION.  BDTonline.  “U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., said Tuesday that he believes the federal investigation into the recent resignation of former Southwest Virginia lawmaker Phillip Puckett is politically motivated.”

VA:PERSONAL FRIEND EXEMPTION.  RTD.  “Former Gov. Bob McDonnell improperly used a ‘personal friend’ exemption to avoid reporting a $23,000 South Carolina golf vacation from Richmond business leader William H. Goodwin Jr. on his Virginia economic disclosure form for 2012, according to prosecutors.

VT:  VRLC OPINION ISSUED.  Vermontbiz.com.  “The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision … today in favor of the State of Vermont, rejecting all elements of Vermont Right to Life Committee’s (VRLC) attack on the State’s campaign finance laws.”  The opinion is here.

HAVE A GREAT 4TH.  I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday.

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