Political law links

CHRISTIE ON CFR.  NJ.com.  “It may offend purists, but Gov. Christie’s proposal to, in effect, deregulate the system by which political campaigns are financed should be seized as an opportunity to write fresh statutes and regulations that are enforceable, fair and able to survive court challenges.”

NEED FOR CFR CITED.  ADN.  “There is a real problem with campaign finance in this country.”

RENT ISSUE. Roll Call. “The 11-term lawmaker told OCE that he has never paid rent for use of the office space, and that he has never been asked to pay rent.”

THE INTERNET AND DONATIONS.  Gizmodo.  “Democrats and Republicans alike received over $8 million from the four major telecom companies and their trade group in the 2014 election alone. For some context, the top five pharmaceutical groups spent only half as much in the same cycle.”

SEC COMMISSIONER WRONG.  HLS Forum on Corp. Governance.  “As we explained in our recent Article Shining Light on Corporate Political Spending, SEC rules are not designed to give investors only the information demanded by a majority of shareholders. Instead, these rules are intended to make sure that information reasonably sought by a significant number of investors is disclosed. Indeed, current SEC rules require companies to disclose many types of information that would likely not be demanded by a majority of investors if the subject were put to a vote.”

CA:  LOBBYING FINES.  Sacbee.com.  “Richie Ross, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant and lobbyist, has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and write off $160,000 he’s owed for violating California’s lobbying laws, according to a proposed settlement he reached with the staff of the Fair Political Practices Commission.”

CT:  FLAWS IN SYSTEM.  CT News Junkie.  “Good government advocates concede that the state’s clean election program may need some work after this year’s election cycle.”

TX:  LOBBYING AND STRATEGY.  Bizjournals.com.  “The political winds certainly change from year to year, but the lobbyist’s role remains: to inform, advocate, and persuade.”

CAN:  WHAT DISCLOSURE SHOWS.  CBC.  “Currently, there is no limit on how much individuals, businesses and unions can contribute. Candidates can spend as much as they want.”


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