Thurs. pol. law links

SCHOCK SWAP.  CT.  “Schock’s use of the Fryes’ condo and travel services may run afoul of campaign laws and House ethics rules, according to legal experts.”

ICE CREAM DONATION.  WFB.  “The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s say the ice cream they handed out at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I., Vt.) presidential kickoff event on Tuesday was fully reported to federal regulators and worth less than the limits on individual donations to federal candidates.”

BUSH AND DOJ.  WP.  “Watchdog groups are pushing the Justice Department to step up enforcement of current campaign finance laws by investigating whether Jeb Bush is improperly coordinating political activities with a super PAC he launched.”

LANDRIEU LANDS.  The Advocate.  “Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has signed on as a consultant with a D.C. law and lobbying firm, the firm announced Tuesday.”

AR:  LANGUAGE REJECTED.  KY3.  “Arkansas’ attorney general has rejected language for a proposed initiated act on campaign financing that would go before voters next year.”

CT:  PARTY SEEKS RULING.  RepAm.  “The Connecticut Democrat Party is now asking the state courts to declare that federal law takes precedence when federal and state laws on campaign finance overlap.”

LA:  UTILITY GIVING.  Nola.  “Louisiana is one of the few states that still allow electric and gas utilities such as Entergy and Cleco to give campaign contributions directly to the state regulators that oversee them.”

MT:  BACK TO COURT.  LAT.  “A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a 2012 ruling that declared Montana’s restrictions on state campaign contributions unconstitutional.”

NY:  REFORM PROPOSAL.  AP.  “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking another swing at ethics reform and ending corruption in Albany.”

TX:  HOUSE PASSES BILL.  TT.  “After a passionate and sometimes raunchy Tuesday night debate, the Texas House on Wednesday gave final sign-off to a far-reaching ethics reform package that would shine light on so-called ‘dark money’ while heavily restricting undercover recordings in the state Capitol.”

VA:  CASE SETTLES.  WT.  “Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam.”


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