Thurs. political law links

IT’S STARTED.  WP.  “[L]obbyists have raised millions of dollars for Clinton’s campaign over the last 18 months, and could be opening their checkbooks and fundraising networks in one more area between now and January: raising money for inaugural activities and parties.”

SUPER PAC BET.  WP.  “That crucial decision leaves Senate GOP campaigns remarkably reliant on late cash from Republican-leaning super PACs that by law cannot coordinate with GOP candidates and party leaders.”

EX-CONGRESSMAN TO PAY.  STL.  “Documents show that former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 Federal Election Commission fine for a campaign finance violation.”

TODAY AT THE FEC.  The agenda for today’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

ACCUSATIONS FLY.  KCS.  “The Missouri Democratic Party has accused Sen. Roy Blunt of violating federal campaign rules by coordinating his re-election effort with an anti-abortion independent expenditure group, or super PAC.”

AL:  TACKLING CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  ABC.  “Preliminary estimates show the federal election will cost $6.6 billion when all is said and done. With so much money in the mix, an Alabama-based nonprofit called Take Back Our Republic is trying to make political contributions more transparent.”

CA:  COUNTY PROMOTION INVESTIGATION.  SLO.  “The California Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate allegations that San Luis Obispo County, a regional transportation planning agency and the committee supporting a half-cent sales tax measure for transportation projects have violated campaign reporting laws.”

ME:  ETHICS INVESTIGATION.  PH.  “A leading Republican lawmaker is now facing two state ethics investigations as well as a civil lawsuit over his handling of assets in a family corporation and the fundraising activities of his political action committee.”

OR:  LIMITS ON BALLOT.  ORL. “The next path they’d like to clear is campaign finance, hoping a policy limiting contributions and expenditures and requiring disclosures on advertising could help more — and more diverse — candidates run for office.”

SD AND WA AND VOUCHERS.  V.  “But 2016 might still be a noteworthy year for campaign finance reform. That’s because two states — South Dakota and Washington — are voting on ballot initiatives that could make either or both of the states the first in the nation to implement a new and promising approach to campaign finance reform: vouchers.”


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