Exploding campaign finance myths and other political law links

TRUMP SPENT LESS.  IBT.   “Based on the most recent totals, Trump claimed the presidency in spite of Clinton raising $380.3 million more than the real estate mogul and billionaire.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE MYTH EXPLODED.  CCP.   “‘The idea that money buys elections was disproven again last night by Donald Trump,’ said CCP President David Keating. ‘Trump and his allies were outspent by huge margins. Money allows candidates and groups to speak. Voters decide based on their beliefs. It’s time to put aside the discredited idea that money buys votes. Instead, we should focus on expanding First Amendment freedoms for all Americans.'”

DEMOCRAT ADDICTION.  NYT.  “If the Democratic Party hopes to win in the future, it must take a bold, unrelenting stand on behalf of working Americans, donors be damned.”

SPENDING PER VOTE.  CNBC.  “His campaign committee spent about $238.9 million through mid-October, compared with $450.6 million by Clinton’s. That equals about $859,538 spent per Trump electoral vote, versus about $1.97 million spent per Clinton electoral vote.”

8 MONEY SCANDALS.  MM.  “Here are eight money scandals that outraged the public in their day. Some of the politicians involved were convicted, some leveraged their connections to walk out of court, and in a few cases, corruption didn’t stop them from getting reelected or even running for president.”

CA:  SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.  EG.  “Elk Grove City Council Member Steve Detrick agreed to pay $3,500 to settle an ethics violations case related to his 2012 council campaign, according to a document released last week by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).”

FL:  LOBBYIST PLANE BAN.  NN.  “A new set of rules proposed by incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran would ban members of the Florida House of Representatives from taking flights with lobbyists, a practice enjoyed by at least one Southwest Florida lawmaker.”

MT:  FIGHTING ALLEGED GAG.  CNS.  “Montana lawmaker Brad Tschida sued the state’s commissioner of political practices to allow him to discuss an ethics complaint he filed against the governor with other lawmakers, in accordance with his First Amendment rights.”

SD:  SURPRISE WIN.  AL. “In an election dominated by calls for change, South Dakotans voted Tuesday to overhaul the state’s campaign finance and ethics system.”

INDIA:  BLACK MONEY ISSUE.  QZ.  “Campaign financing in India has typically been driven by unofficial funds. Data over the last decade shows that some 75% of the money going to political parties is from undocumented sources, Milan Vaishnav, senior associate in the South Asia program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explained in an interview on Nov. 08.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.  Quite a week.  I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.  Have a great weekend.

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