Thurs. political law links

CFROMNIBUS UPDATE. WP. “Under the language in the bill, a couple could give as much as $3.1 million to a party’s various national committees in one election cycle.”

WATCHDOGS YELP. NYT. “Depending on how the new law is interpreted by election officials, the provision could expand the amount that any one person can give to national party committees to more than $777,000 each year from what is now a maximum of $97,200.”

CHANGE AT ETHICS. RC. “Come January, Rep. K. Michael Conaway won’t have to worry about scaring away his friends on Capitol Hill.”

14 DEBT. Politico. “The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is stuck with $20.4 million in post-election debt, more than twice the debt owed by its Republican counterpart and a challenge for the party as it heads into the next cycle.”

16 CHASE. WP. “By the time of the 2016 election, the two major party nominees will have raised more than $1 billion.”

CO: APPEAL DENIED. CO Ind. “The Colorado Supreme Court yesterday ended a multi-year battle over campaign finance rules that pitted Secretary of State Scott Gessler against nonprofits Colorado Ethics Watch and Common Cause when the justices declined to accept Gessler’s appeal. The denial means Gessler’s 2012 rules reducing disclosure requirements for political committees and organizations have been overturned.”

MN: BAUERLY MOVE. Star Tribune. “Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans will take over Minnesota Management and Budget from longtime finance staffer and commissioner Jim Schowalter, according to documents obtained by the Star Tribune and confirmed by Dayton’s office. Frans’ deputy [and former FEC Chair] Cynthia Bauerly will take over the Revenue commissioner spot.”

NY: GROUP SETTLES. NYDN. ”The anti-horse carriage group NYCLASS will make a ‘substantial payment’ to settle accusations that it violated campaign finance rules in last year’s municipal elections, a lawyer for the group said Wednesday.”
VA: ETHICS DUEL. WP. ”The anything-goes gift culture that once dominated Virginia’s Capitol is giving way to a game of legislative limbo, with state lawmakers and the governor competing to take the value of acceptable handouts ever lower.”

AZ: JUDGE STRIKES LAW. KNAU. “A federal district court judge has struck down part of an Arizona campaign finance law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, if the ruling stands, some political donors will not have to identify themselves for the time being.”


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