7.28 political law links

SUNLIGHT AND SUPER PAC.  ABC.  “Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he’s embracing some of the same secretive elements of that system, drawing charges of hypocrisy from good-governance advocates who say the public deserves to know what Obama’s saying and to whom he’s saying it when donors pay for a few minutes with the president.”

HOUSE ETHICS UPDATE.  Fox.  “The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it is looking into potential ethics violations by Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.”

AK:  COMPLAINT ON BALLOT MEASURE.  ADN.  “The campaign backing a ballot measure to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Alaska filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission Thursday alleging that statements made by a campaign spokesperson for ‘Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2’ either highlighted a violation of state campaign disclosure laws or misled the public. ”

FL:  TRIPS IN THE NEWS.  Miami Herald.  “A Times/Herald analysis shows that since late 2011, U.S. Sugar paid more than $95,000 to the Republican Party of Florida for at least 20 weekend trips — destinations unspecified on public documents — within days of more than a dozen Florida politicians registering for Texas hunting licenses.”

VA:  WITNESS ISSUES.  WP.  “With former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell’s trial on public corruption charges just days away, his attorneys want to subpoena materials about the alleged misdeeds of a government witness, saying they might erode her credibility and the credibility of the man for whom she worked.”

WY:  SUIT ON LIMITS.  WT.  “A libertarian group has sued the Wyoming secretary of state in federal court over the state’s limit on political contributions.”


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