3-13 political law links

YESTERDAY’S LINKS.  Due to a technical glitch, yesterday’s set of political law links sent by email were incomplete.  Here they are in their entirety.

FCC OPEN INTERNET ORDER.  FCC.  “Our rules governing the practices of broadband providers differ markedly from the statutory restrictions on political speech at issue in Citizens United. Our rules do not impact core political speech, where the ‘First Amendment has its fullest and most urgent application.’ By contrast, the open Internet rules apply only to the provision of broadband services in a commercial context, so reliance on the strict scrutiny standards applied in Citizens United is inapt.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH.  WSJ.  “Phil Cox, the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association who worked closely with Mr. Christie during his tenure as chairman, has formed a super PAC, America Leads, to raise large sums from wealthy donors in order to advertise and conduct voter outreach on behalf of the New Jersey governor, in what most expect to be a prolonged and expensive nominating fight.”

BLURRED LINES.  NYT.  “Mr. Bush’s team has hired a communications director, a policy director, a liaison with religious conservatives, a chief fund-raiser, and field specialists in New Hampshire and Iowa. But because he has not formally declared his candidacy, his aides believe that there are few limitations on his involvement with the super PAC.”

BLURRED LINES II.  WS.  “Under federal election law, candidates are not allowed to coordinate with the super PACs that support them. But since Hillary Clinton is not yet an official candidate, she’s been coordinating with Correct the Record, a project of the Democratic-aligned super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.”

BLURRED LINES III.  WP.  “Campaign finance lawyers said the close ties between the likely candidates and their super-PAC allies pose serious legal questions, including whether the groups could later be considered affiliated with the eventual campaign or viewed as an entity created by the candidate. That could limit their ability to spend money raised outside candidate contribution limits, which stand at $2,700 per person for the 2016 primaries.”

SCHOCK ETHICS.  ABC.  “In a clip from the seventh season [of ‘Top Chef’], the Illinois Republican teaches the chefs about the guidelines governing the acceptance of food and beverages by members of Congress, or the ‘toothpick rule,’ during the show’s visit to Washington, D.C.”

ID:  SCHOOL BOARDS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  JRN.com.  “School board candidates in about half of Idaho’s districts will have to file campaign finance reports under a new bill pitched as enhancing transparency.”

MA:  LAW SET TO FALL.  Boston Globe.  “The sheer unfairness of such regulations speaks for itself.”

NJ:  REFORM STAB.  Northjersey.com.  “How about taxing campaign donations?”

OR:  REFORM PROPOSED.  Reuters.  “Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat who took office last month after her predecessor resigned in an influence-peddling scandal, is promoting a package of ethics and public records reform bills, the governor’s office said on Thursday.”


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