Political law links

LESSIG FAIL. NPR.  “Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig’s pro-campaign finance reform group had extensive investments, but failed to get most of their preferred candidates elected. NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with Lessig for a post-election post-mortem.”

REFORMERS WON.  HuffPo.   “The final passage of Sabin’s reforms are not just playing out in Arkansas, but reverberate across the country for anti-corruption reformers looking for a way to reach voters when elected bodies are frozen on the issue.”

AZ:  INAUGURATION AND TRANSITION FUNDS.  EV Tribune.  “Scarpinato said there will be no limits on how much anyone can give to the separate fund to pay for the formal inaugural and any parties that might be planned for afterwards.”

CA:  DONORS FINED.  KPBS.  “The San Diego Ethics Commission has issued $35,000 in fines to four donors to District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ failed 2012 mayoral run for violating city campaign finance laws.”

MS:  LAW UPHELD.  Hattiesburg American.  “A federal appeals panel has rejected a challenge to a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.”

NV:  GIVING TO SANDOVAL.  Las Vegas Sun.  “Political contributions are capped at $10,000 per contributor, whether it’s a person or a business. But for businesses that operate subsidiaries, each subsidiary or affiliate is eligible to make a $10,000 contribution, even if they’re all controlled by the same person or group of people. Those subsidiaries are typically registered with the state as limited-liability companies, or LLCs.”

NJ:  BALL FUNDRAISING.  Northjersey.com.  “Mayor Jose ‘Joey’ Torres raised more than $217,000 to pay for the inaugural ball he held at The Brownstone in July, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.”

NY:  MISDEMEANOR PLEA.  Bizjournals.com.  “Bruce Tanski, a home builder in Halfmoon and Clifton Park, New York, pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor campaign finance law charge in Saratoga County.”

NY:  TWO CHARGED.  WSJ.  “One of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s highest-ranking aides has backed out of speaking with a special prosecutor examining the Working Families Party’s role in a 2009 City Council race, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.”

LUX:  CONFLICT ALLEGED.   Lurmburger Wort.    “Leaked documents showed the tiny duchy of Luxembourg gave hundreds of global firms huge tax breaks, among them household names such as Pepsi, IKEA and Deutsche Bank.”


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