political law links, 7.11

FUNDRAISERS AT AIDE’S HOUSE.  Breitbart.  “Sen. Thad Cochran’s longtime executive assistant, Kay Webber, frequently rents the first floor of the stately Capitol Hill house she owns as a venue for fundraisers, including to Cochran’s campaign.”

AMENDMENT MOVES. Fox. “To change the Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate and the House would have to back the measure. Republicans, who generally oppose such a change, have 45 seats in the 100-member Senate. Democrats have 53 seats and two political independents caucus with them — falling short of two-thirds.”

SUPER PAC ALLEGATIONS.  Chattanoogan.  “The Chuck Fleischmann campaign said challenger Weston Wamp’s super PAC ‘is launching hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising today, and it brings to light some stunning hypocrisy on the part of Wamp.'”

SUPER PAC RESERVES.  Boston Globe.  “A political action committee focused on boosting Democrats in the US House of Representatives has reserved more than $1.4 million in television time in the Boston media market, adding to the expected deluge of political ads focused on congressional elections in the weeks before the November election.”

SUPER PAC COMMITS.  Examiner.  “A Democrat-backed super PAC called Maine Forward has committed to spending $2 million against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and for Democratic nominee Mike Michaud in the run-up to the Pine Tree State’s elections this fall, according to the Bangor Daily News.”

CT:  RULES CLARIFIED.  Rep-Am.  “The head of Ducci Electrical Contractors in Torrington is being advised that state contractors may legally sidestep a state ban on direct contributions to state political parties.”

MA: UNION AGAINST DISCLOSURE. Boston Globe. “The union and its allies are in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the bill’s Senate supporters and campaign finance reform advocates, as labor leaders try to remove language that would require political action committees to disclose the top five donors in their television ads, say two sources with knowledge of the negotiations.”

NJ:  SPIRIT OF PAY TO PLAY.  NJ.com.  “Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop solidified his position as a reformer in part because of his tough stance on banning ‘pay to play.'”

CAN:  BITCOIN DONATIONS.  Vancouver News.  “Of the 17 federal political parties in Canada, only two are soliciting Bitcoin donations on their official websites.”


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