Political law links

FARA FOCUS. NYT. “More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.”

DEBATING AMENDMENT. Politico. “There’s rare bipartisan agreement that advancing the bill past the initial procedural vote is a possibility.”

CA: REFORMERS BLAME UNIONS. HuffPo. “The bill would have required all political advertisements to prominently display the names of their three biggest funders, rather than allowing the contributors to conceal their identities and interests by hiding behind a front group with a vague name like ‘Californians Against Higher Taxes.'”

MT: WHAT NONPROFITS WANT. Missoulian. “A Helena-based nonprofit organization has asked a federal judge to rule that a broad swath of Montana’s campaign finance laws is unconstitutional, and it wants to prevent the state from enforcing those laws before this year’s elections.”

VA: HOW WE GOT HERE. WP. “What has been less well known is the behind-the-scenes story of how the federal investigation ensnared the couple — and how they and their loyal support network responded in the challenging months when it became clear that investigators were closing in on the respected rising Republican star.”

VA: CORPORATIONS AND CORRUPTION. The Conglomerate (Usha Rodrigues). “The guilty verdict for Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell on charges of public corruption is a major headline of today. I’ve been thinking a lot about corruption for the past few months, so here are a few thoughts…”


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