Tuesday’s political law links, here

CA:  BIRTHDAY PARTY ISSUES.  LAT.  “Under city rules, registered lobbyists are barred from offering or giving gifts to elected officials. They are also prohibited from giving them to other city officials — those who are not elected — if they are seeking to influence decisions in their agencies. City officials are also prohibited from accepting such donations, according to the Municipal Code.”

DE:  CHARGES REJECTED.  DPM.  “State elections officials say there’s no evidence of campaign finance fraud or collusion on the Democrats’ side with just over a week left to go before a special election.”

IL:  UBER-RELATED FINE.  CC.  “David Plouffe, the onetime campaign manager and adviser for former President Barack Obama, has been fined $90,000 by Chicago ethics officials for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of ride-sharing giant Uber.”

MI:  DONATIONS UPDATE.  MPR.  “The Michigan Campaign Finance Network crunched the numbers and found Michigan’s largest PAC’s raised more than $48 million in 2015 and 2016. That’s an increase of seven million dollars over the previous record set in the 2008 presidential election.”

NJ:  FOX DIES.  NBC.  “Jamie Fox, one of New Jersey’s best-known political operatives who was under indictment by the U.S. attorney in an alleged shakedown involving the former Port Authority chairman, died Monday from a long-standing illness.”

NC:  GUILTY PLEA.  RAL.  “Former state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges related to an investigation into whether he improperly used money raised for his campaign for personal purposes, such as shoe repairs, paying a speeding tickets and magazine subscriptions.”

SD:  CONSIDERING REFORM.  MH. “The full state House is to consider a bill that aims to restrict the flow of out-of-state money into South Dakota ballot question campaigns. A House panel plans to take up a proposal Wednesday that would require more transparency from organizations that contribute $25,000 or more in a year to a ballot measure committee.”

VT:  ELECTION SETTLED.  VTD.  “The Vermont House of Representatives voted Wednesday night, after several hours of debate, to conduct a recount in a contested election between Progressive incumbent Susan Hatch Davis of Washington and Republican candidate Bob Frenier of Chelsea, who was previously declared the winner by a seven-vote margin and took his seat in the Legislature in January.”


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