Here they are — Friday’s post-convention political law links

PROSECUTORS CONFOUND POST.  WP.  “The thinking seems to be that Mr. Thompson has suffered enough, with prosecutors maintaining that his ‘epic fall financially and socially’ will serve to deter others.”

SPEECH VOLUNTEER.  WT.  “The campaign said she volunteered her time to help the campaign and to write the speech, so there was no need to report her as a paid employee on official campaign filings.”

AZ:  UTILITIES AND SUPER PACS.  AZC.  “In the 2014 elections, when two seats were up for election at the commission, the winning candidates benefited from about $3.2 million in dark money, and it is widely believed the state’s biggest utility, Arizona Public Service Co., provided the funds. APS does not deny the contributions that helped commissioners Doug Little and Tom Forese win office.”

CA:  $55K FINE.  LAT.  “Commerce Councilwoman Tina Baca Del Rio will pay a $55,000 fine and admit to multiple violations of the state’s political ethics law under a possible deal reached Thursday with state election regulators.”

ME:  NOT SO CLEAN.  JT.  “The commission determined that Twomey violated clean election rules when she retroactively paid a campaign employee with MCEA funds for work completed prior to her certification as a MCEA candidate.”

NY:  OFF OF BALLOT.  N.  “A proposed referendum to publicly finance Suffolk County lawmakers’ campaigns with future casino revenues and double legislative terms to four years won’t be on November’s ballot after a committee voted Thursday to delay the bill.”

SC:  LUXURY BOX OPINION.  ABC.  “The State Ethics Commission says Gov. Nikki Haley can use a luxury college football suite only if she is conducting state business.”

TX:  RULES STRUCK.  KUT.  “A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that two rules governing how candidates for Austin office handle campaign funds violate the First Amendment. The ruling came after Council member Don Zimmerman filed a lawsuit challenging the city’s campaign finance rules last year.”


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