Political law links

MAYDAY COMPLAINT.  CCP.  “The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Mayday PAC, the self-proclaimed ‘SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs,’ founded by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.”

D TWITTER PIONEERS. HuffPo. “In 2012, the Democratic Party shared information about advertising buys through a seemingly unconnected Twitter account called AdBuyDetails. This account, which posted tweets from Aug. 31 until Oct. 23, 2012, sent out data on ad buys made by Democratic House candidates in tight races across the country.”

RIA POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION RULE.  Lexology.  “The Political Contribution Rule was first proposed in 2009, in the wake of the scintillating tales arising out of the unquestioned abuse of position by certain politicians at the pension plans for New York, California, Illinois and New Mexico, to name a few. The Political Contribution Rule was adopted in 2010 (and went effective in 2011) and has found its place into the compliance programs of RIAs across the US.”

FIRM LAUNCH.   The Hill.  “A trio of former Republican leadership aides is heading to K Street, seeking to capitalize on the GOP’s recent gains in Congress with a new lobbying venture.”

CA:  EMAIL ISSUES.  NBC.  “The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 in favor of the penalty, which stems from recently released emails that show a PG&E executive and CPUC officials discussing which judge to appoint to a case over gas rates.”

CA:  LOBBYIST FINED.  LAT.  “A state ethics panel voted Thursday to impose $5,000 in fines on Capitol lobbyist and campaign consultant Richie Ross for putting two legislators under personal obligation to him by not collecting campaign consulting fees they owed.”

FL:  REFUNDS TO BE MADE.  Jacksonville.com.  “Mayor Alvin Brown’s campaign said Thursday it will return money it received from a September fundraiser in New York headlined by Bill Cosby, who has recently come under intense national scrutiny following the resurgence sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comic.”

ME:  COMMISSION SEEKS MORE.  BDN Maine.  “The state agency tasked with monitoring and enforcing the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws is looking for additional funding to increase transparency about the money spent in Maine politics.”

VA:  ETHICS BOARD MOVES.  WP.  “Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s government integrity commission agreed Friday to preliminary recommendations that would limit the value of gifts lawmakers could receive but would also walk back disclosure rules.”

WA:  REVOLVING DOOR.  KUOW.   “[U]nlike Oregon and 31 other states, Washington state does not require a waiting or ‘cooling off’ period to slow the revolving door. You can leave state service on a Friday and start lobbying on a Monday.”


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