Tackling campaign finance and other political law links

TACKLING CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  AP.  “Issue One has united 165 former members of Congress, governors and administration officials behind a plan to rewrite campaign finance laws to give small donors more power in the political process.”

TOP 10 LOBBYING WINS.  Hill. “The whirlwind presidential campaign that ended in the election of Donald Trump contributed to the dearth of activity in Congress, making lobbyists hustle during periods where policymakers were in town.”

LEVINTHAL ON THE FEC.  CPI.  “The developments together are evidence that the FEC — once a reasonably robust and bipartisan judge of political misdeeds — heads into 2017 even more marginalized than ever before by the very politicians it’s supposed to advise and police.”

AZ:  COURT REVIEW.  KTAR. “The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review a finding that former Attorney General Tom Horne violated campaign finance laws during his 2010 campaign.”

FL:  NEW ROPES FOR NEW RULES.  TL.  “Advocates for local governments, big business and all other manner of interests touched by Tallahassee crammed into a room Tuesday for the first of two training meetings to prepare for the 2017 legislative session.”

GA:  LAWMAKERS JUMP.  AJC.  “In Georgia, the ban is one year for elected state officials and some appointees. But it doesn’t stop big firms with deep pockets who want to snap up retiring politicians while they still have plenty of friends under the Gold Dome.”

ME:  LEADING NATION.  IN.  “State-level initiatives will be an important path to progressive reform in the coming years, particularly in the area of campaign finance, and Maine is at the forefront of democratizing elections at the local level.”

NY:  FACING FINE.   NYP.  “Mayor de Blasio will be socked with a large fine Thursday for violations of campaign-finance regulations during his 2013 run for City Hall, sources told The Post.”

NY:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE RUSH.  GG.  “The City Council is rushing through a package of bills to reform the city’s campaign finance system. About a dozen bills driven by Council members’ frustrations with the Campaign Finance Board and its rigorous reporting system are being moved through the Council at an almost unseen pace, raising eyebrows.”

OR:  REVIVING FINANCING.  OL.  “Taxpayers will once again help fund Portland political campaigns, after a divided City Council on Wednesday approved a new system for public financing.”

WA:  PORT CLEARED.  DP.  “A judge has ruled in favor of the Port of Tacoma and two other groups, finding that they didn’t violate campaign finance laws.”

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

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