Another long, cold winter for Nats fans (and today’s political law links)

7TH INNING NIGHTMARE.  I’ll just leave this here on last night’s Nat’s loss.

DONOR INSPECTION.  CNBC.  “Only a dozen of an estimated 22,450 people employed at Trump’s companies have donated more than $200 to the celebrity businessman’s bid for the U.S. presidency, a Reuters review of federal campaign finance records through August shows.”

REFORM MOVES.  IVN.  “For America’s future, what counted was Hillary Clinton’s becoming the first major party presidential nominee pledging to work for campaign finance reform in the White House.”

DEATH THREAT AFTER CONTRIBUTION.  BNA.  “According to a police report read to Big Law Business by NYPD officer Arlene Muniz, Rush’s complaint was filed on Sunday evening, at 7:33 p.m., when Rush relayed the events to the police. ‘The complaintant fears for her life and safety,’ said the report.”

WHITEHOUSE ON REFORMS.  BM.  “When, if you are in my position, you can go in front of a crowd of people at a community dinner, and say, Citizen United and everybody in the room knows what you mean, now that’s a sign that people are tuned into the problem.”

CA:  VIEW ON PROP 59.  AJ.  “A YES vote on Prop 59 means you want to instruct California’s elected officials to use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment or amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would reverse the effects of Citizens United, allowing government to impose more limits and regulation on political campaign contributions and spending.”

MO:  AMDT 2 AND LIMITS.  SPR.  “There’s a good chance that Missouri’s unlimited system may indeed be coming to an end. The proposal, Amendment 2, has little organized opposition. And a prior ballot initiative in the 1990s that capped political donations passed without much trouble.”

NY:  STADIUM NAME A CONTRIBUTION, CLAIM.  TU.  “In energetically written court papers filed earlier this month in state Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Democrat Greg Fischer contends that the stadium’s name — plus the adjacent signage and the media mentions that come with it — constitutes ‘an obscene transfer of “soft money” political contribution from one group of government actors to another. It is such a gross and excessive amount of wealth transfer and unjust enrichment … that it shocks the senses.'”

TX:  INVESTIGATION DISMISSED.  SAEN.  “The Texas Ethics Commission on Monday dismissed a high-profile investigation into the state’s most powerful politically active nonprofit, capping a more than four-year saga that highlighted an ongoing policy debate in the state over disclosure of so-called ‘dark money.'”

TX:  4 YEAR PROBE OVER.  MS.  “The 7-0 vote, with new Commissioner Steve Wolens abstaining, closed the books on two complaints filed in 2012 by state Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, and then-state Rep. Lisa Truitt, R-Southlake, who said the nonprofit group should have to register as a political action committee and that its president and CEO, Michael Quinn Sullivan, should have to register as a lobbyist. Registering as a PAC would require the group to disclose its donors, whereas groups with 501(c)(4) nonprofit status, like Empower Texans, don’t have to.”


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