Tues. 9.30 political law links

OHIO STAY. WP. “The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start.”

HIGH LEVEL OF DONATIONS. Seattle Times. “The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.”

CONTRACTOR ISSUE IN COURT. WSJ. “A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday will consider a fresh challenge to campaign-finance rules, this time a 74-year-old law prohibiting government contractors from making political contributions tied to federal elections.”

ME: VIEW ON TREND. Press Herald. “The record is destined to get smashed every election cycle since the Supreme Court passed a series of freedom-of-speech decisions that allow essentially unlimited spending in races by wealthy individuals and corporations as long as the spending is done outside of campaign organizations.”

MT: COMPLAINT DISMISSED. Flathead Beacon. “The Montana commissioner of political practices has dismissed a citizen’s complaint that Attorney General Tim Fox improperly accepted $47,000 in excess campaign contributions during his 2012 campaign.”

OH: ANOTHER PLEA. Cincinnati.com. “Another Indian Hill lobbyist has pleaded guilty to failing to report a gift of Cincinnati Bengals tickets to outgoing state Rep. Dale Mallory, D-West End, who already faces investigation for neglecting to disclose gifts.”


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