Political law links of the day

RIGHT TO RAISE. Politico. “Jeb Bush’s 2016 political operation is off to a fast start, raising six figures in online donations in just a few hours.”

L PAC, SUPER PAC. WP. “Former Florida governor Jeb Bush and his supporters launched two new political action committees on Tuesday as he moves closer to a 2016 presidential campaign, underscoring his desire to get a head start on his potential rivals on both fundraising and organizing.”

CARSON LAUNCH. Buzzfeed.com. “The man behind the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has launched a new super PAC that will snap into action when Carson announces a presidential bid, he said on Monday.”

O’DONNELL SUED. HuffPo. “The Federal Election Commission filed suit Monday against former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell for allegedly using campaign funds for personal purposes.”

COS SUPER PAC PICK-UP. Billings Gazette. “U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana named Scott Hommel, the former treasurer of the political action committee that spent nearly $200,000 in support of Zinke’s candidacy, as his chief of staff Monday.”

REFORMERS AND THE LAW. WSJ. “Mayday PAC, which supports more campaign-finance regulations, repeatedly violated existing campaign-finance laws.”

CT: TRIAL BEGINS. Courant.com. “Former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernest Newton’s larceny and campaign finance fraud trial began Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford with a day of testimony about campaign finance rules and who in a campaign is responsible for adhering to the rules.”

MN: COMPLAINT DISMISSED. Star Tribune. “The state campaign finance board has thrown out a complaint by the Republican Party of Minnesota against Gov. Mark Dayton’s campaign and the state DFL party, alleging that both coordinated to produce a campaign commercials.”

SC: FACING ALLEGATIONS. The State. “Lt. Gov.-elect Henry McMaster, a former state attorney general who helped author an ethics reform task force report for the governor, is facing allegations that his 2010 gubernatorial campaign accepted $72,700 in excess contributions from 51 donors.”

VA: SENTENCE AND APPEAL. RTD. “Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison today by U.S. Judge James Spencer, who said the historic corruption case ‘breaks my heart’ but that a ‘price must be paid’ for the transgressions by a man who was once considered a rising national political figure.”

ISR: NETANYAHU FUNDS. The Week. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets more than half of his campaign money from three American families. And that’s not all — the U.S. is responsible for more than 90 percent of his total campaign funds.”


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