Good morning, here are today’s political law links

PAC BUSES ROLL.  DC.  “Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday report from The Washington Post.”

SUIT UNLIKELY TO WIN.  Cleve.  “Two important jurisdictional hurdles could prevent a court from ruling on the merits of the case.”

NEW LOBBYING RULES SPOTLIGHT.  Salon.  “Instead of banning lobbyists from working at agencies they lobbied, the Trump pledge, which has to be signed by all executive appointees, imposes restrictions on what such officials can work on.”

POTENTIAL ETHICS PENALTIES.   CNN.  “More than 1,500 federal workers were accused of violating government ethics rules in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Those employees were hit with disciplinary actions ranging from reprimand to dismissal.”

NJ:  PAY TO PLAY WEIGH.   NJ.  “Council members are poised to repeal the city’s pay-to-play regulations that cap municipal political donations by contractors at $300.”

NY:  PAC GEARS UP.   TU.  “A national pro-Republican political action committee is preparing to ramp up efforts to oppose Gov. Andrew Cuomo — not in expectation of his likely run for a third term next year, but with an eye to his potentially seeking the presidency in 2020.”

NY:  DEBT HOWLING.  NYP.  “Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that he’ll have donors pay his mounting legal bills tied to suspected City Hall corruption is drawing howls of protest from government watchdogs and ethics experts.”

TX:  CONFLICT REDUCTION.  EPT.  “City attorneys should no longer determine which complaints against elected officials should be heard by the Ethics Review Commission, the City Council recommended to the commission this week.”


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