Political law links for Wed., Nov. 2nd

AIDE LANDS.  WP.  “Stacy Ettinger, a top aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), has been hired by the law and lobby firm K&L Gates, becoming the latest ex-Schumer staffer to land a K Street job at a time when their former boss is poised to become the most powerful Democrat in the Senate.”

SPEECH NOOSE READY.  AIM.  “American citizens are in for a double whammy of speech restrictions, and even of censorship.  The Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) want to ratchet up the pressures of freedom of speech.”

INDIVIDUALS OVER CORPORATIONS.  WSJ.  “Despite legal rulings allowing companies, trade groups and unions to spend unlimited sums supporting political candidates, they still trail far behind wealthy individuals in political spending, a new study finds.”

THE INTERCEPT ON CORRECT THE RECORD.  Int.  “The email chain, dated May 13, 2015, begins with Judd Legum, editor of CAP’s Think Progress blog, sending Tanden a Washington Post article about the scheme hatched by Correct the Record.”

BILINGUAL SUPER PAC.  CNN.  “A GOP group funded by heavyweight Republican donors is attacking Hillary Clinton from the left, attempting to open a rift between Latinos and the Democratic nominee via television ads aimed at Spanish-language voters.”

FEDERAL REGISTER CHECK.  Hill.  “The campaign finance rules would address electronic contributions and expenditures that are made over the Internet or through text messages, the FEC said.”

CONTRIBUTIONS RETURNED.  WCAX.  “A Vermont congressman’s top campaign donor is drawing attention for questionable campaign contributions.”

HI:  MAYOR’S RACE SPENDING.  HCB.  “The super PAC has been airing TV and radio ads critical of the Honolulu mayor, who was supported by two other super PACs identified in the reports. In all, they’ve raised more than $1 million from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24.”

MO:  REFORMERS MAY WIN.  BM.  “Campaign finance reformers appear set to celebrate a big win next Tuesday in Missouri, where voters are expected to approve a proposed constitutional amendment that would, among other things, reinstate campaign-donation limits in a state that, this year alone, has seen more than $120 million poured into campaigns by writers of six- and seven-figure checks.”

MT:  LAW SURVIVES.  TT.  “Montana’s new campaign disclosure law has survived its first test, with a federal judge rejecting arguments that it unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech of groups that want to influence elections without revealing where they get their money or how they spend it.”

NM:  COMPLAINT DEADLINE.  AJ.  “At least one aspect of this seemingly endless election season is over: It’s too late to complain to the secretary of state about violations of New Mexico’s campaign finance laws.”

NY:  REFORM CONCERNS.  NYT.  “Three years after the 2013 elections revealed serious flaws in New York City’s campaign finance laws, the City Council may finally be moving to fix some of the worst problems — but not without including a few changes that would benefit individual Council members.”


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