Political law links

CRAIG APPEALS. Magicvalley.com. “Former U.S Sen. Larry Craig is appealing a D.C. judge’s ruling that he broke the law by using campaign funds to cover legal fees after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.”

DEPARTING SHOT. The Hill. “Begich introduced legislation Thursday that would add super-PACs and other outside groups to the list of groups that must comply with the National Do Not Call Registry.”

DEBT AND REPORTING. Star Tribune. “In multiple interviews, Monti Moreno of Marine-on-St.-Croix and Phillip Parrish of Medford, confirmed Andy Parrish [no relation to Phillip Parrish] approached them both separately during the balloting for the Republican Party of Minnesota‘s endorsement for U.S. Senate with a request to endorse Ortman.”

CA: COAT COMPLAINT. Daily Pilot. “Foley was told by city CEO Tom Hatch and City Attorney Tom Duarte that her using a public place for a political purposes was a potential violation of state law enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).”

CA: COUNCILMAN FINED. OC Register. “Buena Park Councilman Art Brown was fined $8,500 by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission for failing to disclose contributions and expenditures of at least $100 during his unsuccessful run for the county Board of Supervisors in 2010 and successful campaign for re-election to the City Council in 2012.”

MA: INAUGURATION LIMITS. Boston Globe. “Governor-elect Charlie Baker is imposing a $25,000 limit on corporate contributions and a $250 cap on lobbyist gifts to his inauguration committee.”

NM: PUBLIC FINANCING AND NO OPPONENT. ABQ Journal. “A candidate must return any unspent public financing to the Secretary of State’s Public Election Fund, and Lyons says he expects to return about half of the $41,630 he received.”

NY: TEXT DONATION RULES. Capital NY. “By the middle of the next year, local candidates who already have an eye on raising money for 2017 will be able to raise money through text-message donations, in addition to mobile credit card donations.”

OH: AKRON HIRES. Ohio.com. “The city of Akron will hire an outside attorney to look at the campaign finances of mayoral and council candidates in the past two municipal elections.”


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