Mon. political law links

STATE OF CFR.  “Ultimately, campaign finance reform initiatives lack the necessary public support, he said.”

BUFFETT EXCEPTION.  “Warren Buffett has said he wouldn’t contribute to third party political action committees but recently made his first donation to a so-called ‘super PAC,’ $25,000 to a group formed in case Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.”

FUNDRAISING BURDEN.  “Here’s what it’s like to run for Congress: You sit in a small room for at least 30 hours a week and you stare out the window at a parking lot while calling hundreds of people to ask for money.”

FILING TIMING. HuffPo. “At least 19 federally registered super PACs received more than half of their contributions during this disclosure blackout period, according to campaign finance records disclosed on Thursday.”

CONTRIBUTIONS REFUNDED. “A U.S. congressman, who gave a speech praising Fethullah Gülen in Congress, has returned donations worth thousands of dollars following allegations of money laundering and violations of federal regulations on campaign financing.”

MORE ON STATE AG’S.  NYT.    “Out of public view, corporate representatives and attorneys general are coordinating legal strategy and other efforts to fight federal regulations, according to a review of thousands of emails and court documents and dozens of interviews.”

AK:  GRADE FOR ALASKA.   “The National Institute on Money in State Politics, which periodically releases tidbits of interesting information about state-level issues across the U.S., this week issued their report card for state laws on campaign finance disclosure.”

AZ:  RULE STRUCK.  “A federal judge has voided state laws requiring groups to register before spending money on campaigns — and with it, the reports they’re supposed to file on who is behind all that cash.”

IL:  SUPER PAC BLAST.  “The topic of discussion: ‘Chicago Forward.’ The super PAC is raising millions of dollars to support Emanuel and his city council allies.”

NM:  MANAGER DONATION.  Las Cruces Bulletin.  “A discussion about whether Doña Ana County employees should be allowed to make political contributions Tuesday, Dec. 2, prompted lone Republican Commissioner Ben Rawson to question whether the concern itself is politically motivated.

NM:  AIMING AT DONOR.   USAT.  “The Missouri Democrat is quietly working with others in the state to put campaign finance limits on the ballot in 2016, a move that also raises fresh questions about her own plans for the next election.”

NY: STATE OF ETHICS. NYT. “Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, abruptly shut the commission down as part of a budget deal with the State Legislature in March.”

WA: NEW MEAL LIMITS. The Olympian. “State Rep. Sam Hunt joked last week that Washington lawmakers might need a punch card to keep track of any lobbyist-paid meals they accept next year.”


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