Good morning — here are today’s political law links

CEOS AND EMPLOYEE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS.  Harvard.  “Do CEOs affect political choices of their employees? Using a large sample of U.S. firms, we find evidence that they do.”

DINNER WITH TRUMP.  Politico.  “Internet-based scam PACs are hardly new to 2016. In the past, some have made look-alike campaign sites and bought Google ads to lure unsuspecting donors. Facebook, with its vast audience and ability to target users by political ideology has proved an alluring tool this cycle and Trump, with legions of passionate fans, has become an appealing target. Facebook declined to comment for this story.

ETHICS AND THE CLINTONS.  DP.  “Based on the records released so far, the AP found that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton during her tenure as a Cabinet secretary had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. The AP’s analysis focused on people with private interests and excluded her meetings or calls with U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives.”

EPIPEN AND CONTRIBUTIONS.  CNBC.  “A political committee for Mylan has donated to most of the Senate committee that has asked the drugmaker to explain price increases for allergy treatment EpiPen and could grill executives in a hearing on the matter.”

CA:  LAW OPPOSED.  M.  “The FPPC says last-minute bill changes would make it harder for the agency to crack down on secret shuffling of political money and add unnecessary complexity to state disclosure laws.

DC:  SUITE ETHICS.  NBC.  “Washington, D.C.’s mayor and the D.C. Council are receiving another round of scrutiny over their usage of special suite tickets at the Verizon Center and Nationals Park.”

MI:  COOPERATION IN INVESTIGATION.  LSJ.  “The alleged violation is that Reich’s campaign accepted campaign contributions from a corporate account, which is a prohibited source for candidate committees.”

MN:  ALLEGED VIOLATIONS.  SMN.  “The Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a center-right group, is requesting a state campaign finance board investigate whether Robin Brown, a former District 27A representative, and Gary Schindler, candidate for District 27A representative, violated multiple state statutes in relation to a March 13 campaign donation.”

MO:  NEW ETHICS LAW IN EFFECT.  SJ.  “Additional new ethics laws include a ban on statewide elected officials and lawmakers from also serving as paid political consultants and new restrictions on investing campaign money.”

MO:  SUPER PAC LAUNCH.  STL.  “A super PAC run by one of Sen. Roy Blunt’s closest friends and lobbyist allies is launching an advertising campaign on Blunt’s behalf in Missouri.”

MT:  LETTER ON BULLOCK SUPPORT.  BG.  “Dark money has taken on a high level of prominence in Montana under Gov. Steve Bullock’s administration. No Montana governor has played a larger role in raising dark money, and he’s likely to take the No. 1 spot in benefiting from dark money in his reelection as well.”

PA:  RECORDS SUBPOENA.  PG.  “Federal authorities have subpoenaed finance records and receipts from Mayor Jim Kenney’s campaign committee as part of their investigation into the electricians’ union and its leader John Dougherty, the mayor said Friday.”


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