6-8 pol. law links

WILL ON REFORMERS.  NR.  “Since 1976, the court has held that the only legitimate purpose for limits on political contributions is to prevent quid pro quo corruption or the appearance thereof.”

LOBBYIST BUNDLING BAN PROPOSED.  Time.”[Sen. Michael] Bennet’s bill would severely limit high-octane lobbyists’ ability to ‘bundle’ campaign contributions — the act of raising money from people and delivering it to campaigns in one bundle.”

MCCUTCHEON PROFILE.  Washgingtonian.  “Before long, his ambitions for a more conservative America collided with the complex world of campaign finance, including the Watergate-era law limiting how much political money an individual can donate.”

CFR A NON-ISSUE.  WP.  “There’s a huge difference between prompted intent and unprompted action.”

FOCUS ON FOREIGN NATIONAL BAN.  UTS.  “In a motion filed Friday, Azano’s attorneys argue that banning foreigners from contributing to U.S. political campaigns limits free speech based on the identity of the speaker, and is therefore a violation of the First Amendment.”

LA:  MORE ENFORCEMENT SOUGHT.  NOLA.  “It is virtually impossible for the people of Louisiana to figure out exactly who is benefiting from the money lobbyists spend on lawmakers and other public officials. And there is essentially no oversight from the Ethics Board.”

MI:  STILL INVESTIGATING.  LSJ.  “Nearly five years after his failed bid for governor, former state treasurer and House Speaker Andy Dillon has still not balanced the books of his gubernatorial campaign committee, and the Secretary of State’s Office is investigating possible civil violations related to an excess campaign contribution.”

NY:  LWV WANTS CHANGE.  CBS.  “The League of Women Voters would like to have excess campaign funds returned to donors or given to charity when someone is no longer a candidate, Smith reported.”

TN:  ETHICS REPREIVE.  M Flyer.  “At its meeting of June 3 in Nashville, the Tennessee Ethics Commission met to consider several new penalties for alleged campaign-finance offenders and to reconsider several already assessed.”

VT:  ETHICS LAW SOUGHT.  BFP.  “The time has come for Vermont to enact a clear law regarding ethics, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure for our elected officials.”

VA:  ETHICS BOARD UPDATE.  Fredricksburg.com.  “The ethics advisory council came out of the General Assembly’s ethics reform package approved in the legislature earlier this year.”


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