Mon. political law links

PUBLIC FINANCING NEWS.  Politico.  “Zwick noted that Trump is far behind where Romney was in the donor chase at this point four years ago. One option, he said, is for Trump to accept public financing. Under federal election laws, that would allow him to receive a lump sum of government funds while capping how much he’d be able to spend.”

AGENCY SUED.  “A watchdog group that asked the Federal Election Commission to probe whether Murray Energy illegally pressured its workers for campaign donations has sued the federal agency over its decision to drop the case.”

POST:  JUST STOP.  WP.  “Under his bill, called the Stop Act, these representatives could not personally solicit campaign contributions — whether or not Congress is in session.”

AL:  FELONY CONVICTIONS.  NYT.  “Michael G. Hubbard, the speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, whose sharp-elbowed approach to politics propelled the Republican Party to dominance in his state, was convicted Friday on 12 felony ethics charges, leaving him stripped of power and facing the possibility of decades in prison.”

FL:  BONDI JAMS.  OS.  “With each new controversy, Bondi generally has avoided questions until the scrutiny subsided. Her office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.”

NY:  LOBBYING RULE QUESTIONED.  D&C.  “Commission members want to know if, before an editorial board urges state legislators to act, we have talked to any public relations firms that were hoping we would write that opinion.”

SC:  LAST CHANCE.  GO.  “South Carolina legislators have one more opportunity this year to pass an ethics reform package that would bring some added accountability to the General Assembly, although the options still available to them do not go nearly far enough.”

SD:  WILD WEST.  RCJ.  “Candidates who aren’t up for election, or who never plan to run again, don’t have to file pre-primary finance reports.”

WI:  SLAMMING CHANGES.  WPR.  “One of the Government Accountability Board’s original appointees marked the board’s final meeting on Friday by sharing a benediction for the future of ethics and elections oversight in Wisconsin – and some thinly veiled political statements.”


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