Commissioner sued, COGEL in the Big Easy, and more political law links

DATA FIRM FUNDRAISER.  WFB.  “Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has helped raise tens of millions for a Democratic data firm comprised of Obama campaign alumni.”

BROCK LAUNCH.  Hill.  “Liberal political operative David Brock, a close ally of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, told reporters on Tuesday that his super PAC, American Bridge, has established a war room that will act as an aggressor and a watchdog for the Trump transition team and his incoming administration.”

COGEL IN THE BIG EASY.  COGEL.  “You don’t want to miss the four-day, 38th Annual COGEL Conference in the Big Easy! Join colleagues and experts from throughout the U.S., Canada, and the world in one of America’s most exciting cities, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn what’s new in the fields of campaign finance, governmental ethics, elections, lobbying, and freedom of information.”  It’s Dec. 11th through 16th.

TOMORROW AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.  The agenda for the meeting is here.

BUSH JOINS.  TH.  “For the first time since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion, Jeb Bush will be going back to Tallahassee. He is set to be an advisor for a U.S. law firm with a major lobbying presence. Bush will be a ‘strategic advisor’ to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a law firm with offices in several major cities across the country.”

CA:  MAYOR BORROWED.  PE.  “Former Menifee mayor Scott Mann borrowed from his campaign accounts for personal expenses on ‘approximately 147 occasions from December 2009 through June 2014,’ investigators for a state political oversight agency found.

MT:  TOUGH COPP.  BG.  “Despite a deluge of campaign cash, Montana’s 2016 elections were more transparent than ever — thanks to the 2015 Disclose Act, Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl and the six other hard-working public servants in the COPP office in Helena.”

MT:  COMMISSIONER SUED.  KGVO.  “Montana Political Practices Commissioner Jonathan Motl is being sued for comments made during the last weeks of the 2016 general election.”

TX:  PER DIEM GUIDANCE.  EN.  “Heading into what’s expected to be a tight budget session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have instructed the Texas Ethics Commission to keep the daily stipend for lawmakers’ living expenses during the upcoming session flat at $190.”

WY:  REFORM OUTLINED.  CDA.  “Secretary of State Lawerence Denney last week outlined some possible changes to the state’s Sunshine Laws that he’ll be putting forward more formally during the upcoming session. According to Idaho Reports, here are some of the changes Denney would like to see…”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.    I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.

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