Problematic DOJ tweet, for sure, and today’s political law links

DOJ TWEET IN THE NEWS.  Hill.  “A staffer at the Department of Justice is in hot water after sending a tweet about Melania Trump from the agency’s Twitter account.”

RNC PLATFORM ON CFR.  TI.  “The GOP platform is a pre-emptive strike against bills like the 2010 DISCLOSE Act, which would have required nonprofit corporations to disclose their larger contributions.”

PENCE IMPACT.  LAT.  “As Indiana governor, Pence is deemed to have influence over the selection of investment advisors to Indiana public pension funds such as the Indiana Public Retirement System, which had about $29.9 billion in assets at the end of 2015.”

CO:  CFR PULLED.  DP.  “A proposed Denver ballot initiative that would reign in big-donor campaign contributions and set up a public financing system for city elections has been withdrawn by its backers.”

MO:  RECORD CONTRIBUTION.  STL.  “A federally registered campaign committee called “SEALs for Truth” this week donated $1.975 million to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens, a former SEAL. It is, by far, the single largest political contribution in Missouri history to an individual candidate.”

MT:  HOUCK SETTLEMENT.  GFT.  “City Commissioner Tracy Houck settled with the commissioner of political practices and has paid a $1,200 fine as a result of a 2015 election complaint from Don Petrini.”

RI:  ETHICS BOARD AND ELECTIONS SEASON.  CH10.  “‘The idea is we don’t want to use the Ethics Commission, that is an independent non-partisan body, as some type of tool to influence elections,’ said Jason Gramitt, lawyer for the Ethics Commission.”

TX:  AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.  UT.  “Austin City Council candidates scouting for new or incumbent leadership filed their first campaign finance reports Friday. Sure, it’s still early going, but the fundraising cycle has ramped up in the five Council districts with races on the ballot in November.”

EU:  GOOGLE SOFT LOBBYING.  NYT.  “Google’s soft lobbying efforts are by no means unique, and have filled a funding gap that governments and European rivals are unwilling, or incapable, of matching.”


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