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UPCOMING SYMPOISUM.  An upcoming symposium on corporate political spending, sponsored by the Conference Board Governance Center and the Conference Board’s Committee on Corporate Political Spending, will be held next Thursday, October 20th, at Altria’s offices in Washington, D.C.  More information is available here.

POTENTIAL SUIT.  TBT.  “The 30-second TV spot shows several images that depict Jolly standing next to Trump. But they’re all fabricated: Software was used to superimpose Jolly’s head over whoever was actually meeting Trump, making them seem buddy-buddy.”

WHAT IS MEDIA?  “Kim Savage, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Darien, argues in a Federal Election Commission filing that the DuPage Policy Journal is not an independent newspaper, but controlled by businessman and radio talk-show host Dan Proft through his political action committee, Liberty Principles PAC, which got a $2.5 million contribution last June from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.”

CA:  PROP T UPDATE.  SFE.  “Proposed by the San Francisco Ethics Commission for this November’s ballot in a 4-0 vote, Prop. T would task lobbyists with identifying who in city government they intend to contact in the near future — and then bar lobbyists from making any gifts, including for travel, to those city officers and their families within 90 days of that activity.”

CO:  MEDIA AND CANDIDATE.  ST.  “A Steamboat Springs Democrat is crying foul over a Republican Colorado House candidate’s use of his own newspaper to support his political campaign.”

KS:  LOBBYIST MEALS IN THE NEWS.  WE.  “Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, is the recipient of the most lobbyist spending so far this year – $2,721 on meals and other itemized spending between January and August. Hawkins, who chairs two important committees, argues that lunch and dinner are the best times to meet with people and discuss issues.”

NM:  PATRIOT MAJORITY FILES.  SNM.  “They were a day late in filing, but the October campaign finance report for Democratic political action committee called Patriot Majority finally appeared on the Secretary of State’s website this morning.”

TN:  EXPANDING PROBE.  WBIR.  “State campaign finance officials are expanding their probe into former Rep. Jeremy Durham to include an examination of the money he made while working as an attorney.”

TX:  30 DAYS OUT.  AC.  “With 30 days to go until the Nov. 8 general election, the Office of the City Clerk has again compiled the latest campaign finance numbers for the five City Council seats on the ballot.”

TX:  TEC TO DECIDE.  HC.  “The Texas Ethics Commission could decide on Thursday the fate of a high-profile investigation into a politically active nonprofit in a case rife with ramifications for an ongoing battle between tea party groups and state campaign finance regulators over so-called ‘dark money.'”

VA:  LAST REPORTS.  RC. “The last Friday of September was the first pre-election filing deadline for city council candidates to submit campaign finance reports. For some contenders, it was the first chance for the public to see the inner financial workings of their campaigns, such as who gives them money and how much they spend.”

WI:  ETHICS PANEL OK FOR PAC.  Mad.  “The dismissal signals Knudson’s creation of the PAC, Wisconsin Liberty Fund, will be permitted under a new state law that dials back restrictions on cash flowing into political campaigns.”

NIGERIA:  LOBBYING LEGAL.  AA.  “The Senate on Wednesday began moves to legalise lobbying in Nigeria as it passed for second reading, a Bill seeking for law to register and regulate lobbying as a profession.”


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