2.5 political law links

SCHOCK ETHICS. Roll Call. “Rep. Aaron Schock’s, R-Ill., recent flap about his ‘Downton Abbey’-inspired office decor is not his first run-in with ethics watchdogs.”

GINSBURG’S VIEW. Stltrib.com. “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says if there is one decision she could overturn from the past 10 years, it would be the 2010 Citizens United case that allowed virtually unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.”

MD: PUBLIC FINANCING UPDATE. WMDT. “Gov. Larry Hogan wants to replenish the public campaign finance fund that helped him win in November.”

MD: PAY FINE, GET SWORN IN. News Post. “The 78-year-old Republican was initially scheduled to be sworn in at 10 a.m., but the ceremony was delayed for more than an hour so he could deal with outstanding campaign finance issues related to last year’s delegate bid.”

MI: NO VIOLATION. WMUK. “The Michigan Bureau of Elections says Governor Rick Snyder did not break campaign finance laws during his State of the State speech last month.”

MO: LOBBYIST DISCLOSURE BILL. Stltoday.com.com. “Missouri senators unanimously endorsed an ethics reform bill on Wednesday, though some said it didn’t do enough to combat the corrosive effect of money in politics.”

MO: REFORM SOUGHT. Press Now. “Sen. Dr. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, filed the Missouri Anti-Corruption Act on the floor of the Missouri Senate. Dr. Schaaf offered no explanation to his colleagues as he introduced the idea, with only its title read by a chamber staff member. No one spoke for or against his proposal, either.”


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