Pokemon Go political ads and political law links for today

POKEMON GO.  CNN reports that political interest in Pokemon Go is exploding.  “The game exploded into near ubiquity over the past several days, leading lawmakers and others to try and get in on the attention.”  Pres. Obama’s 2008 campaign advertised in video games (story here) but I haven’t heard of any candidates this cycle using this or any other game platform.  Having not played Pokemon Go myself, I’m not sure the game allows for appropriate advertising opportunities.

BAYH EXPECTED TO RUN.  NYT.  “But in a year when political insiders have struggled, Mr. Bayh would also bring some baggage. Since leaving the Senate, he has been a partner at McGuireWoods, a Washington law firm that, through a subsidiary, also provides lobbying and advocacy services.”

SUPER PAC LEADER.  BD.  “Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci has been named the Maine chairman of the Keep America Great political action committee, which is aiming to raise $20 million through Election Day, according to the Christian Science Monitor.”

MN:  BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENTS.   TC.  “Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday appointed Emma Greenman and Peggy Leppik to the state’s campaign finance watchdog board, an expected move after the Minnesota Senate’s lack of action forced the two women to step down.”

VA:  RULE STRUCK.  Richmond.com.  “A federal judge struck down an obscure element of Virginia’s presidential primary laws Monday, handing a symbolic victory to a Republican National Convention delegate who has refused to support Donald Trump.

WV:  LEFTOVER FUNDS TO NEEDY?  WVG.  “Why not, just why not, on a strictly voluntary basis, each contributor earmark 10 percent of the contribution to a bona fide, needy, nonprofit organization to provide food, clothing and shelter for the less fortunate among us. This fund could be called The Political Needy Case Endowment Fund. Each donor’s name could be attached or shown as anonymous.”

CAN:  LIMIT TOO HIGH.  CTV.  “The former chief electoral officer told a committee looking at the Liberal government’s legislation to tighten fundraising rules that the proposed maximum annual contribution limit of $1,550 to a party is reasonable, but in an election year, people would be able to donate much more.”


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