8.15 political law links

NEW CREW CREW. USAT. “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington announced Wednesday that Democratic activist David Brock (a former Republican activist) is becoming the new chairman of the CREW board…”

WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG CASE?. In the Capital. “Last week the state Republican committees of New York and Tennessee filed a law suit with the purpose of repealing a Securities and Exchange Commission rule that limits the number of campaign contributions that can be made by financiers on Wall Street to state lawmakers running for federal office.”

FAMILY HELP. The Hill. “Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s (R) family is stepping up to help his campaign, giving $300,000 to a super-PAC backing Sullivan.”

PA: RULING AS EXPECTED. Pennlive. “A federal judge has permanently barred Pennsylvania from enforcing a political financing law that a Washington D.C.-based Democratic ‘super PAC’ claimed illegally prevented it from receiving corporate and union donations.”

TX: PAC WAITING PERIOD STRUCK. Houston Chronicle. “A federal appeals panel has struck down Texas’ waiting period for newly-formed political action committees, ruling that time and contributor thresholds imposed by the state before a PAC can engage in political activity are unconstitutional.” The Najvar Law Firm’s press release on the case is here.

VT: DATA ONLINE. Bennington Banner. “Vermonters will soon be able to tell how much state political candidates, action committees, and parties are spending on their campaigns as their reports get filed electronically.”


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