Expose, ethics, and more political law links

SPOTLIGHT ON MORRIS.  HP.  “…Brody Mullins published an expose into what it describes as an affair that is ‘shaping up to be one of the biggest U.S. investigations into Washington’s influence business since the bribery and corruption case surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff rocked the nation’s capital in the mid-2000s.'”

TRADEMARK ETHICS.  Fox.  “Ethics lawyers from across the political spectrum say the trademarks present conflicts of interest for Trump and may violate the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which bars public servants from accepting anything of value from foreign governments unless explicitly approved by Congress.”

MO:  NEW HEADACHES.  SL.  “Several St. Louis mayoral candidates scrambled Monday after they discovered tens of thousands of donations from corporations and unions are barred under the new campaign finance law that Missouri voters approved in November.”

MT:  CUT OFFICE.  TE.  “ Lawmakers in the Montana House endorsed a measure Monday to get rid of the independent office that regulates their election campaigns and investigates ethics complaints filed against them.”

OR:  BAN UNIONS, CONTRACTORS.   BME.  “Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has proposed a law to prohibit state contractors and public unions from contributing to political campaigns.”

PA:  GET MODERN.  SI.  “A Democratic state lawmaker is calling on Governor Tom Wolf’s administration to modernize Pennsylvania’s archaic campaign finance website.”

SD:  GET ME REWRITE.  WT.  “South Dakota legislators are weighing a rewrite of state campaign finance laws that could replace provisions of a government ethics overhaul that lawmakers recently repealed.”


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