Political law links

HEDGE FUND BETS.  USAT.  ” A small band of ultra-wealthy hedge fund managers is pumping last-minute donations into newly organized super PACs to help tip the U.S. Senate to Republicans, new campaign filings show.”

HARKIN HEAT.  DMR.  “Retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has so far refused pleas from top national Democrats to spread some of his nearly $2.4 million campaign bankroll to the candidate hoping to succeed him, as well as other endangered Democrats in this year’s Senate races.”

CA:  KASHKARI ADDS.  Mercurynews.com.  “Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is contributing another $1 million of his own money to his campaign for California governor.”

CA:  MAXIMUM FINE.  SF Gate.  “A San Francisco property management company and one of its top executives will pay $40,000 — the maximum allowed under state law — for laundering $4,000 in campaign contributions to Mayor Ed Lee and then-Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting during the 2011 mayor’s race.”

KY:  LOBBYIST PAY.  Courier-Journal.  “Through the first eight months of 2014 Frankfort’s top lobbyists have made much more money in lobbying fees – MUCH more money – than Steve Beshear will make in salary all year as governor.”

NH:  VIOLATIONS ALLEGED.  Concord Monitor.  “Walt Havenstein’s campaign violated state campaign finance rules earlier this year but will not face penalties because it has since corrected its errors, the attorney general’s office ruled yesterday.”

NH: PUSH POLL RULING.  Nashua Telegraph.  “If you hate it when political campaigns call you at dinner time during election season, there’s some bad news and some good news in the latest state Supreme Court ruling.”

NJ:  BILL MOVES.  Northjersey.com.  “The rules that prohibit New Jersey’s public employee pension funds from being invested in firms whose investment managers make contributions to political candidates here would be expanded to cover donations to national political groups under a bill approved by a state Senate committee on Thursday.”

NY: SUPER PAC ISLANDER.  Newsday. “Some late financial help is coming to the aid of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.”

NY:  FINE FOR KING.    NYDN.  “Bronx Councilman Andy King was fined $12,048 Thursday for campaign finance violations stemming from a 2012 special election.”


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