8.5 political law links

POLITICAL LAW BRIEFING. Venable has collected some recent additions to its Political Law Briefing site here.

CA:  INVESTIGATION SHAPING UP.  KPBS.  “By most accounts, the government is using a timeless tactic in the federal campaign finance investigation of Mexican billionaire Jose Susumo Azano Matsura.”

CT:  JURY SELECTION STARTS.  WTNH.  “Jury selection is starting for the trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland on federal charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.”

MA:  FAMILY SUPPORT.  Boston Herald.  “The mother of state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman is among the top donors to a Super PAC backing his candidacy, his campaign acknowledged today.”

MS:  APPEAL TAKEN.  Business Journal.  “The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.”

MO:  COMPLAINT STUNS.  LakeExpo.com.  “he Lake Area Conservative Club is pushing back against an ethics complaint filed in the final days before the Aug. 5 election, in which a local supporter of incumbent Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken alleges that the club broke campaign donation rules.

MT:  RULING AFTER ELECTION.  Independent Record.  “A court decision on whether individuals and political parties can give money to state candidates without limits isn’t likely to come until after the Nov. 4 elections, parties involved in the case said Monday.”

WI:  WALKER NUMBERS.  Fox.  “New campaign finance reports show Republican Gov. Scott Walker raised $1.2 million in July.”


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