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CASE NOT PURSUED.  DP.  “The Federal Election Commission has dismissed allegations against North Dakota Republican leaders and a political action committee over foreign campaign contributions that were refunded after Grand Forks Democrats filed a complaint.

SUPER PAC PRINCESS LEIA ATTACK?  “The charged climate of the current election cycle seems to be infecting Lucasfilm, as official Star Wars YouTube channel has released a scathing political attack commercial against Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia circa Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. ”

FRIEND SUPER PAC.  Fortune.  “Tom Barrack, a Los Angeles real estate investor, said in an interview with CNN on Thursday that the group has already received $32 million in financial commitments.”

CA: TRANSPARENCY MOVE.  “On Tuesday morning, in a routine vote on the consent agenda, the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a four-year, $120,000 contract with NetFile Inc. to create an electronic campaign finance portal.”

MA:  TODAY IN MILTON.  PL.  “A seminar on state campaign finance laws for candidates for state and local offices and their campaign committees will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Blute Conference Room of town hall, 525 Canton Ave.”

MT:  PROPER PAYMENTS ARGUED.  IR.  “The Democratic Governors Association has sent nearly two dozen payments to Gov. Steve Bullock and his campaign aides since 2013, including thousands of dollars paid to a current governor’s office staffer and a current Bullock cabinet member.”

MT:  ROBOCALL ISSUES.  Missoulian.  “Robocalls are like the sink full of dirty dishes in Montana elections that nobody wants to wash, except Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl.”

PA:  WOLF REFORMS. “Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will support legislation to prevent lobbyists from running campaigns, provided it’s part of a broader reform package sought by the governor and House and Senate Democrats, his press spokesman said Thursday.”

SC:  ETHICS STALL.  Herald.  “After four years of debate about how to strengthen the state’s ethics laws, S.C. lawmakers may pass two changes to the rules governing public officials’ behavior later this month.”

TX:  GOING NOWHERE.  TT.  “More than two years after being accused by a political foe of violating state campaign finance laws — including a charge that he improperly paidhimself interest on a campaign loanTexas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says he believes the complaints dating to his days as a state legislator are languishing and will amount to nothing.”

GUATEMALA:  23 ARRESTS IN CAMPAIGN FINANCE CASE.  Fox.  “Twenty-three people were arrested Thursday on charges related to the alleged illegal financing of the political party that carried former President Otto Perez Molina to power, Guatemalan authorities said.”


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