WATCHDOGS YELP. RC. “Monday’s Supreme Court decision to vacate former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s corruption verdict fits into a larger trend of relaxing federal rules for lobbyists and political donors. But some campaign finance and corruption experts say the fallout may not be far reaching.”
DELLIGNER ON MCDONNELL. SCOTUSBlog. “What the Court and McDonnell’s defenders ignore is the evidence suggesting that he took action in knowing exchange for the financial beneficence.”
SIT-IN ETHICS. USAT. “An independent watchdog group is filing an ethics complaint against several House Democrats for violating House rules last week during lawmakers’ 25-hour sit-in to demand votes on gun control.”
ETHICS EXTENDS. RC. “‘The committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee,’ the press release stated.”
KY: CROWDFUNDING APPROVED. WFPL. “The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission has ruled that political candidates are allowed to use crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter to raise money for their own political campaigns.” The opinion is on the KLEC website as a Word doc.
MS: SEARCH AVAILABLE, WELCOME TO 1998. JCL. “Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he plans to roll out a ‘searchable’ online campaign finance filing system for state elections on Sept. 27.”
NJ: STATE PROBE. N. “State election officials have decided to ‘open an investigation’ into Councilman Andre Sayegh’s campaign finance reports, according to a letter issued two weeks ago.”
NY: DEAL SHORT. PJ. “Lawmakers’ ability to earn unlimited private income loomed large in Silver’s trial, while evidence in Skelos’ trial showed how Glenwood Management — a major New York City real estate developer — exploited the LLC loophole.”
OK: ENFORCEMENT NOT OK. NO. “The Oklahoma Ethics Commission says a lack of funding from state legislators has left too few resources to enforce financial reporting rules for candidates at the county level.”
TX: CHANGE IN HOUSTON. HPM. “Until now, candidates for city offices could collect $5,000 from individual donors and $10,000 from political action committees for their election every two years.”
HAVE A GOOD DAY.