2.11 political law links

NPR ON HEARING. NPR. “Many of the more than 32,000 Americans who filed comments told the agency to regulate undisclosed political money.”

SUPPORT FOR ELECTRONIC FILING. Clarion Ledger. “Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are supporting legislation to require Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.”

BUNDL LAUNCH. Saintpetersblog.com. “Bundl gives users the ability to track contributions at every stage of the process, offering features like over-limit alerts, live organization-wide synchronization, and downloadable reports.”

MO: WAIT APPROVED. Connectmidmissouri.com. “Senators voted 32-2 Monday in favor of Majority Leader Ron Richard’s ethics bill, which would increase reporting requirements for lobbyist spending and set a two-year cooling-off period before legislators can lobby.”

OK: SIGNIFICANT CHANGES. JDsupra.com. “Significant changes to Oklahoma’s campaign finance, lobbying and gift laws and rules recently went into effect.”

RI: ARREST ON PERSONAL USE. WPRI. “State Rep. Joseph Almeida has been arrested and charged with misappropriating more than $6,000 in campaign contributions for his personal use, the Rhode Island State Police said Tuesday.”

WA: REVOLVING DOOR VIEW. Seattle Times. “Too-loose state ethics laws enable the revolving door to swing freely, with just a few exceptions. A bill, HB 1136, proposed by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, would update ethics law to require a one-year cooling-off period before lobbying for ex-lawmakers and top staff positions in state agencies, the Legislature and the governor’s office.”


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