political law links

BUSH HEADLINES. NYDN. “The former Florida governor will headline a fund-raiser for his Leadership PAC on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. — the hometown of the late Bush family patriarch and former Connecticut Sen. Prescott Bush, father of former President George H.W. Bush.”

CA: ENFORCEMENT RECORD. LAT. “The state ethics agency closed a record number of cases with proven violations in 2014 and also set new highs on a number of cases in which public officials agreed to fines, according to an annual report released Monday.”

FL: FIRST APPOINTMENTS MADE. WCTV. “Two new members have been appointed to the Tallahassee Ethics Board.”

MD: GIFT MINEFIELD. WP. “Hogan’s staff members say they are assessing and cataloguing the cache of presents, making sure they properly follow state ethics laws so as not to get in trouble over an unsolicited lacrosse T-shirt or other keepsake.”

NJ: CHRISTIE AND COWBOY TIX. IBTimes.com. “According to NJ.com, Christie officials said the gifts from Jones are legal since an executive order signed by a previous governor says governors ‘may accept gifts, favors, services, gratuities, meals, lodging or travel expenses from relatives or personal friends that are paid for with personal funds.'”

NJ: LAW SCRAPPED. Press of AC. “The vote repeals an ordinance approved in October 2012, which prevented those contributing to political campaigns of those seeking city or county office for accepting municipal contracts.”

TX: DONATIONS AND CONTRACT. Salina.com. “An Austin tech executive gave political contributions to Republican House Speaker Joe Straus and other lawmakers days before her company sought approval of a $90 million contract that is now the focus of a criminal investigation, a newspaper reported Saturday.”

VA: MCDONNELL TO BE SENTENCED. WP. “A federal judge in Richmond will decide on Tuesday what punishment former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell deserves for trading the influence of his office to a smooth-talking businessman in exchange for sweetheart loans, lavish vacations and a variety of other loot.”

WI: CALL FOR AUDIT. Press Gazette. “Mayor Jim Schmitt beat his political enemies to the punch on Monday morning, calling for an audit of his campaign finances.”


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