Good morning, here are today’s political law links

CONVENTION ASK.  Politico.  “Millions of dollars short and running out of time, organizers of the Republican National Convention have written an urgent request for $6 million to Las Vegas billionaire couple Sheldon and Miriam Adelson to cover the bills for next week’s festivities.”

WHITFIELD MATTER UPDATE.  RC.  “The House Committee on Ethics  has concluded unanimously that Kentucky Republican Ed Whitfield failed to prohibit lobbying contracts between his staff and his wife.”

REVIEWING REPORTS.  CT.  “What do they tell us about the region’s elected office holders? Well, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is an Uber believer, racking up $829.67 in charges from the San Francisco-based online ride pioneer. And how about over $400 for an event catered by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ in Windsor? Yum!”

WATCHDOG LEFT OUT.  WP.  “The group’s request for credentials was denied by convention organizers — not by a congressional press gallery, as Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer suggested — then denied again on appeal. OpenSecrets asked for two passes but didn’t receive even one.”

QUESTIONS ON JET.  TP.  “It’s unclear what kind of private jet Hannity provided, but the cost of even a one-way trip on a small jet from DC to Indianapolis, which takes over an hour, would likely far exceed $2700. If so, Hannity’s contribution itself would be illegal because it would exceed the limit.”

AZ:  CFR DEAD.  AZ.  “Organizers of the referendum drive to block Senate Bill 1516 from becoming law called it quits on Thursday. Stop Corruption Now couldn’t get the signatures needed to put it on the November ballot.”

MS:  REPORT ISSUES.  JCL.  “During Jackson’s special mayoral election of 2014, examinations into then-Councilman Tony Yarber’s campaign finance reports put the now mayor on defense. A year out from the next election, questions remain.”

NV:  NEW SUPER PAC.  LVN.  “During the election cycle, money continues to pour into the state of Nevada millions of dollars at a time, and those dollars are going to races all over the ballot.”

NJ:  EX-LOBBYIST CHARGED.  S.  “A former high-ranking New Jersey official and airline lobbyist has been charged with conspiracy in a plot to help the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports get a regular flight to his vacation home.”

PA:  CLAIM OF ACCOUNTS SEIZED.  MC.  “Federal officials have frozen two bank accounts containing Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s campaign money, his lawyer claims in a court filing challenging the seizure.”

UT:  CCP WIN.   CCP.   “In an agreement approved by a federal judge this afternoon, Utah agreed not to enforce a state campaign finance law that violated the First Amendment. The complex law required nonprofit advocacy groups to register with the state and publicly report their supporters’ private information, threatening donations to those organizations.”


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