Post-Thanksgiving political law links are here

LOBBY RETOOL.  WSJ.  “Corporations are scrambling to retool their lobbying efforts as Republicans, preparing for control of the House, Senate and White House come January, hope to break the partisan logjam that has blocked the passage of legislation for six years.”

DONORS AFTER 16.  MJ.  ” It’s true that Trump’s victory has changed what we thought we knew about politics. But does it change what we know about money in politics? Let’s look at the facts.”

RECOUNT FUNDS.  Bloomberg.  “Stein said on her website that she’s raised more than $6 million for her recount effort so far, with a $7 million goal. The funds already raised will cover costs in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, she said.”

LAST CHANCE.  USN.  “Even now, there is still time for [President Obama] to do so, by issuing an executive order requiring large government contractors to disclose their campaign spending.”

INAUGURATION IN VIEW.  NYT.  “President-elect Donald J. Trump will allow corporations and wealthy individuals to make large donations to fund the activities surrounding his inauguration, complicating his promise to eliminate special interests from influencing his government.”

AZ:  COMPLAINT POLITICAL.  ADS.  “Flagstaff Mayor-elect Coral Evans says a complaint filed with the Secretary of State against her campaign committee for taking contributions from two businesses this year and four in 2012 is politically motivated.”

DC:  EMERGENCY LEGISLATION.  WP.  “D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie said he will introduce emergency legislation to bar contributions to political action committees during non-election years in an effort to close what some view as a major campaign finance loophole before the start of 2017.”

NY:  BUSINESS GOOD.  NYP.  “Patrick Jenkins, a longtime friend and $4,000-a-month political adviser to Speaker Carl Heastie, who replaced corrupt Sheldon Silver in the powerful post, has seen his lobbying business triple since his buddy became speaker last year, according to records reviewed by The Post.”

SC:  UPDATE LAWS.  PC.  “Senators also need to reach consensus on campaign finance laws, such as how candidate accounts would work and fundraising limits for the gubernatorial ticket. Current limits are $3,500 for each office separately for the primary and general election.”

TN:  COMPLAINT FILED.  MP.  “Drew Rawlins, executive director of the Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance, requested an opinion from Attorney General Herbert Slatery about the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act of 1980 and whether it allows an elected state official running for federal office to make a contribution from his state campaign to his federal campaign account. Rawlins’ request also asks if the answer would change if the contribution is $1,000 or less.”

WA:  LAWYER ACCUSED.  RG.  “The Washington Attorney ­General’s ­Office has charged an ­Everett lawyer with campaign ­finance violations, saying that from 2012 to 2015 he concealed the source of at least $16,000 in political contributions — including donations to ­Attorney General Bob ­Ferguson himself.”


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