8.18 political law links

LANDRIEU ALLEGATIONS.  Thetowntalk.com.  “The group, Keep Louisiana Working, based its complaint on CNN stories reporting that Landrieu, D-New Orleans, is reimbursing the federal government for plane flights that should have been charged to her campaign committee.”

FACEBOOK DEFENDS.   Newsweek.  “Facebook made a $10,000 donation to the reelection campaign of a U.S. politician who fought strongly against the legalisation of same-sex marriage, it has emerged.”

AZ:  DISCLAIMER ISSUE.  AZcentral.com.  “A Scottsdale political committee likely violated Arizona campaign-finance law when it failed to include a proper disclaimer on campaign signs and door hangers, according to the city clerk.”

CO:  MOVIE SPAWNS SUIT.  Sacbee.com.  “The Virginia-based group sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver on Thursday, saying it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmakers.”

NY:  BOARD RETAINS ATTORNEY.  Crainsnewyork.com.  “The city Campaign Finance Board, which audits spending by local political candidates, is employing a high-powered law firm in connection with a special prosecutor’s probe into the labor-backed Working Families Party.”

PA:  BAN STRUCK.  Legal Intelligencer.  “Pennsylvania’s law barring corporations and associations from making political contributions, which had been in direct conflict with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has now been permanently enjoined.”

TX:  VIOLATIONS ALLEGED.  Houston Chronicle.  “The Montgomery County commissioner poised to become county judge next year has been cited for improperly recording and spending campaign money in 2010 and 2011 and fined $2,000, the Texas Ethics Commission said this week.”

VA:  WHAT MCDONNELL NEEDS TO DO.  WP.  “McDonnell will have to make the case that all of the loans, the trips and the luxury goods were unconnected to the meetings and receptions.”


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