Wed. Political Law Links

PETRI ETHICS UPDATE. Politico. “The House Ethics Committee will not move forward with a full-scale investigation into GOP Rep. Tom Petri’s (R-Wis.) advocacy on behalf of a defense company that he owned stock in, but will keep reviewing the case, according to a statement released on Tuesday.”

CRAIG OPINION. WP. “A federal judge Tuesday ordered former senator Larry ‘Wide Stance’ Craig (R-Idaho) to pay the U.S. Treasury $242,000 for improperly using campaign funds to pay for his legal defense after a 2007 sex-sting arrest in a Minneapolis airport bathroom.”

CA: MEASURE B ISSUES. Turlock City News. “Per Fair Political Practices Commission requirements, political candidates and committees are required to report any contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours.”

GA: CROSS FINED. “Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross has agreed to pay $2,750 in fines and fees to settle violations of campaign finance laws, according to a consent order signed Friday.”

MD: PUBLIC FINANCING PASSES. MC Media. “The Montgomery County Council today unanimously enacted Bill 16-14, which will allow candidates for County Council and County Executive to qualify for partial public financing for their campaigns. This is the first measure of its type for County elective offices in the Washington Region and in the State of Maryland.”

MT: IMPROPER LOBBYING ALLEGED. Western News. “The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has accepted a formal complaint alleging improper lobbying by Libby City Attorney Jim Reintsma on the behalf of Libby Mayor Doug Roll. Filed by former City Council candidate Arlen Magill, a decision on the complaint is expected by the end of October.”

NM: SUPER PAC IN. Santa Fe New Mexican. “A Democratic super-PAC booked at least $345,350 in TV ads aimed at the New Mexico attorney general’s race last week.”


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