Today’s political law links

SUPER PAC UPDATE.  MT Standard.  “Democrat John Lewis is heating up Montana’s U.S. House race by proposing a ‘cooling off’ period for political groups before they spend money to support the campaigns of their former leaders.”

ANTI-BROWN SITE.  Concord Monitor.  “A pro-Jim Rubens political action committee, called the New Hampshire PAC to Save America, is kicking off a new strategy aimed at bringing down Scott Brown.”

SENDING AN ENFORCEMENT MESSAGE.  Pensions & Investments.  “The first enforcement case brought under the SEC’s pay-to-play rules has increased awareness of the extent of the regulations, and their impact on managers and investors.”

REGISTRATION ISSUE.  Clarion-Ledger.  “The Federal Elections Commission says All Citizens for Mississippi, which paid for an ad featuring Bishop Ronnie Crudup urging black voters to oppose Chris McDaniel in the GOP primary runoff for U.S. Senate, officially registered as a political action committee on June 6.”

AZ:  HORNE SUES.  “The suit contends the Citizens Clean Elections Commission lacks the authority to investigate candidates not participating in Arizona’s public campaign funding system.”

CA:  FIESTA FINE.  “Arizona lobbyist Gary Husk is slated to pay a $5,000 fine in California over an alleged illegal campaign contribution in the 2005 San Diego mayor’s race.”

ME:  LAWSUIT ON LIMITS AND MORE.  “The suit seeks a ruling that Maine’s campaign finance laws are unconstitutional because they violate the rights to free speech, equal protection and political expression and association.”

RI:  LOAN DISCLOSED.  “A Statehouse lobbyist who failed to disclose that he loaned money to former House Speaker Gordon Fox has now said the loan was for $10,000.”

VA:  DECEPTION ALLEGED.  RTD.  “The former governor’s lawyers are trying to bar Maureen McDonnell’s interview statements from the McDonnells’ joint corruption trial that starts July 28.”

VA:  MCAULIFFE FUNDRAISING.  RTD.  “Gov. Terry McAuliffe raised significantly less money from large donors than his predecessor during his first six months in office, according to fundraising figures released Monday.”


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