What are Tuesday’s political law links?

DEBATE ON DEBATES.  Reason.  “The Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative PAC (Solifico) this morning sent a letter to Janet Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), threatening to send the IRS after them over their policy of not allowing all legitimate candidates for president in their debates.”

GOING DARK.  B.  “The pro-Clinton super-PAC Priorities USA is suspending TV advertising in Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania until at least the end of September, according to a person familiar with the group’s plans.”

AL:  TRIAL CREATES BACKLOG.  AL.  “Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton said the commission has a backlog of requests for advisory opinions in the wake of the Mike Hubbard trial and will hold a special meeting on Sept. 1.”

CA:  SLATE MAILERS 101.  SMDP.  “California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) states a slate mailer/card is a mass mailing of ‘snail’ or electronic mail that supports or opposes a total of four or more candidates or ballot measures. These slate mailer/card organizations do not include: 1) a candidate/officeholder or their controlled committee 2) an official committee of any political party 3) a legislative caucus committee or a committee formed primarily to support/oppose a candidate, office holder or ballot measure.”

NM:  GLITCH FIXED.  NMPR.  “The Secretary of State’s office fixed a problem in the state’s troubled campaign finance reporting system.”

NY:  FINE FOR EXCESSIVE SPENDING.  BE.  “Councilmember Vincent Gentile’s successful re-election campaign in 2013 committed a series of campaign finance violations that were serious enough for the city to level fines against the Bay Ridge lawmaker, according to a report in the New York Observer.”

TX:  BLACK BOX CAMPAIGNING TARGETED.  TT.  “Political candidates would be required to detail some of what their consultants spend on behalf of campaigns under rules proposed Monday by the Texas Ethics Commission.”


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