Tues. 3-24 political law links

CHARTING THE LIMITS.  WP.  The Federal Election Commission released its 2015-2016 contribution chart and Cillizza has the rest of the story.

CAMPAIGN CORROSION. Columbia Tribune.  “A recent article in The New York Times indicated these super PAC donors, the seven-digit donors, intend to consolidate their buying power and select one Republican candidate to try to avoid a bloody primary where donors compete against each other.”

GO WEST.   WP.  “Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is swinging through California next week as part of a nonstop fundraising tour raking in millions for a super PAC set up to back his expected presidential bid.”

W FLEX.   Hill.  “Former President George W. Bush will appear at a fundraiser for his brother, 2016 hopeful Jeb Bush, in Dallas on Wednesday, making his fundraising debut in the 2016 cycle.”

EO URGED.   Omaha.com (L. Gilbert).  “If the president were to issue an executive order, citizens would be able to see which officeholders are the greatest beneficiaries of government contractor political giving.”

MENENDEZ AND STEVENS.   NYT.  “Charges are expected against Mr. Menendez in the next few weeks, and comparisons to the Stevens case are sure to follow. But officials and others close to the investigation say Mr. Menendez’s case diverges in crucial ways from the one brought against Mr. Stevens, which was dismissed after prosecutors were found to have withheld evidence.”

SCHOCK MILEAGE.  CST.   “A Chicago Sun-Times analysis of auto mileage reimbursements for scandalized Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., reveals he may have been inflating claims on not just one but two vehicles, starting in 2008, when he was first running for Congress.”

IN:  PANEL MOVE.   Indy Star.   “The Senate Rules & Legislative Procedure Committee discussed an amendment to a sweeping ethics reform package with a provision that would ban state officials from quitting and immediately becoming independent contractors for firms with which they did state business.”

MT:   DISCLOSURE LAW DEBATE.   BG.  “Senate Bill 289, which aims to neutralize dark money in Montana elections, is really simple — if you give a campaign donation, you have to disclose it.”

TN:  DISCLOSURE PUSH.   JC Press.  “The deficiency in the Tennessee law comes as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010. That ruling has led to practically unlimited spending by individuals, corporations and unions in federal races.”


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