Political law links for 5-27

SUIT ON DELEGATES.  Pillar of Law.  “The Pillar of Law Institute filed a lawsuit in Wyoming federal court today, challenging a law that prohibits delegates to political party conventions from accepting books, travel stipends, and legal assistance from non-profits.”

SUPER PACS 101.  Venable.  “This memorandum summarizes the rules of the road for setting up and operating federal Super PACs, which are groups formed primarily to make ‘independent expenditures’ in connection with federal elections, and which register and file reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).”

SUPER PAC PROFILE RISING.  WExaminer.  “A pro-Ben Carson super political action committee is fundraising off of the retired neurosurgeon’s ‘growing influence’ in Donald Trump’s campaign.”

FREEDOM PARTNERS UP.  PoliticsPA.  “[Katie] McGinty is playing defense and addressing an ad that is being ran by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a free-market Super PAC started by the Koch Brothers.

REPLACING RUBIO.  CNN.  “A major Democratic super PAC is reserving more than $10 million to spend in Florida this fall in what is expected to be an expensive and hard-fought race to replace exiting Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.”

HUCKABEE’S DEFENSE FUND ASK.  FEC.  His campaign asks about setting up a legal defense fund to pay attorney’s fees and other potential costs.

AL:  LOBBYIST TESTIFIES.  Dothan Eagle.  “A lobbyist said Tuesday that his company handled what state prosecutors are calling illegal transactions between the Alabama Republican Party and indicted Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard on the first day of Hubbard’s felony ethics trial.

CA:  REFORM LATER.  MNews.  “Citing a conflict of interest involving two sitting members of the council running for election in November, Milpitas City Council last week delayed the decision to implement financial reform recommendations for elections to the next sitting city council.”

ME:  PRIMARY SPENDING CONCERNS.  BDN.  “A meeting of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices yesterday did not result in any sanction or finding of wrongdoing against Democratic state senate candidate (and current state representative) Ben Chipman, who is running in a contested primary in Portland. The proceedings did, however, highlight a potential loophole in Maine campaign finance laws.”

MO:  CLEARING UP FILING.  CDT.  “House Bill 1474, which was approved by the General Assembly two weeks ago, would require electronic filing of financial disclosure records with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

HAVE A GOOD DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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