Political law links

NEW FILINGS SHOW.   USAT.  “Dozens of the Republican Party’s biggest donors — including several hedge-fund billionaires — helped a super PAC associated with Republican strategist Karl Rove raise more than $11 million in September, new filings show.”

SOROS AND SPIELBERG.  WFB.  “The Democratic Party’s top super PAC disclosed more than $9.2 million in September contributions on Monday, listing a who’s who of wealthy liberal donors, many associated with the secretive Democracy Alliance donor network.”

SUPER PAC PAYDAY.  Marketplace.org.  “A super PAC is sometimes born out of a strong sense of mission – maybe its founder cares about gun control or education reform. But other times, says Stefan Passantino, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge, ‘part of that mission is to create a client for their own consulting firm.'”

CT:  RECORD AWARDS.  Courant.com.  “State officials said Monday that public campaign financing awards to candidates for 2014 will total more than $33 million – a record amount for Connecticut’s taxpayer-funded election system.”

CT:  MAILINGS FUEL DISPUTE.  Courant.com.  “The increasingly competitive gubernatorial race has led to a debate over whether publicly-financed candidates running for the General Assembly can use their taxpayer-funded grants to support their party’s nominee for governor.”

IL AND IN:  CROSSING THE LINE.  NWTimes.com.  “Crossing the line separating Indiana and Illinois sometimes means dealing with different laws and customs.”

ME:  LOOPHOLE DECRIED. CentralMaine.com.  “Unless reforms are made, outside interest groups and out-of-state contributors will continue to have undue influence over and access to legislators, to the detriment of Maine residents who cannot afford large contributions but must nevertheless live with the decisions made in Augusta.”

MT:  SOMETIMES THE LAW IS AN…  Missoulian.  “The kicking donkey was printed on both sides of Dudik’s campaign fliers (3/4 inch and 3/8 inch in size) and Motl ruled that particular symbol has ‘some objective basis’ to serve as the Democratic symbol as it was used by other Democratic candidates in 2014, notably Candidate Janet Ellis, who is running for HD 81.”

RI:  HEARING YESTERDAY.  RIPR.  A complaint says “the group Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling failed to report spending for newspaper ads, and a video produced on the group’s website.:

WV:  5 WAYS TO IMPROVE.  WVPublic.org.  “Representatives of the Brennan Center for Justice told state lawmakers Monday they’ve done a good job keeping up with the changing rules of campaign finance disclosures, especially after the 2010 Citizen’s United decision, but said West Virginia can do more to make the process more transparent for voters.”


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