Mon., 12/5/16 political law links

SUPER PAC FILES.  Politico.  “A pro-Donald Trump super PAC filed a federal lawsuit on Friday to halt Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort in Wisconsin.”

TRIP ISSUES.  NWT.  “The Federal Election Commission, House ethics rules and federal law prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal matters. Still, Stutzman is unlikely to face any punishment because the House ethics panel will lose jurisdiction once his term is over in January.”

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DOJ.  DS.  “Vanita Gupta, the acting head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, apparently has been working in violation of federal law for more than a year and a half.”

AZ:  DISCLOSURE NIXED.  AZDS.  “A state utility regulator is rejecting an offer by Arizona Public Service for new financial disclosure rules as both too little and chock full of loopholes.”

NY:  WEINER FINED.  NYT.  “Mr. Weiner, the disgraced former congressman whose lewd text message exchanges with a teenager spurred new federal scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s emails in the final days of the presidential campaign, was fined $65,000 on Thursday by New York City’s Campaign Finance Board for violations during his failed bid for mayor in 2013.”

TX:  ETHICS RULES ISSUE.  PP. “An official close to Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell admitted in court this week to violating state ethics rules by actively campaigning for Isbell’s 2013 re-election[], as well as in support of a charter amendment to change the city’s election system.”

WI:  MAYOR TO BE SENTENCED.  WBAY. “Jim Schmitt will appear before Judge Mitchell Metropulos in a Brown County Court room and plead guilty to three misdemeanors, including a charge of election fraud.”

WY:  ENFORCEMENT STATUS.  WN.  “In all, 44 candidates and 27 candidate committees statewide missed the deadline, though many have since filed, according to information from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.”


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