Post-Labor Day political law links are right here

PEOPLE AND THE POWER.  Backer in Daily Caller. “In the self-congratulatory echo chamber of Washington, it’s easy to attack outsiders for doing exactly what insiders did to achieve power: build organizations, raise money, hire staff, pay vendors, promote ideas.”

TRUMP PAYS IRS.    WP.  “Donald Trump paid the IRS a $2,500 penalty this year, an official at Trump’s company said, after it was revealed that Trump’s charitable foundation had violated tax laws by giving a political contribution to a campaign group connected to Florida’s attorney general.”

USAO RECOMMENDS ON MCDONNELL.  WP.  “Less than three months after the Supreme Court vacated the convictions of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell, the U.S. attorney’s office that prosecuted the Republican has recommended to Justice Department higher-ups that they endeavor to try him again, according to people familiar with the case.”

UNBELIEVABLE AND MCDONNELL.  Heritage.  “If you had any doubt whether or not Obama’s politicized DOJ was deliberately targeting conservative elected officials, this should confirm your suspicions.”

CT:  FREE SPEECH LIMITS.  DS.  “The state’s sanction against the legislative candidates was for mentioning Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat, by name in mailings that referenced ‘Malloy’s bad policies’ and ‘Malloy’s tax hike’ for their own races in 2014, when Malloy was also on the ballot.”

HI:  GIFT RULE ISSUE.  HNN.  “On Friday, [the lawmaker] agreed to pay $739 to resolve a state Ethics Commission investigation into alleged gifts, which included an overnight stay for her and her family at the Aulani Disney Resort and Spa in February and a luau at the Paradise Cove in Ko Olina.”

ND:  BIG HOLES CITED.  DP.  “In North Dakota, when an individual or group gives a candidate less than $200, the candidate doesn’t need to report who gave the money. A candidate for statewide office, such as the governor’s office, must at least report the total of those sub-$200 donations, but not a candidate for the state Legislature.”

OK:  FOOTBALL TICKETS NOT OK.  NOK.  “Among the more significant changes is a ban on using campaign funds for admission to athletic events.”

FRA:  TRIAL POSSIBLE FOR SARKOZY.  RFI.  “[Prosecutors] believe that public relations firm Bygmalion, which organised some of his 2012 campaign appearances, sent a bill for 18.5 million euros to Sarkozy’s party, at that time called the UMP, instead of the campaign, thus allowing him to vastly exceed the legal limit of 22.5 million euros.”


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