Issue ad disclosure, the Supreme Court, and today’s Political Law Links

DISCLOSURE CASE WON’T BE HEARD.  NW.  “The Independence Institute was supported in the case by influential Republican and conservative voices including Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Judicial Watch legal activist group as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce business group.”

LAW UPHELD.  CF.  “The Supreme Court today affirmed without comment a ruling in the case Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, upholding the constitutionality of a campaign finance disclosure law. The Court’s order reflects agreement with the lower court’s result, but not necessarily its reasoning.”

PICK SIX.  NM.  “President Donald Trump could name all six members of the Federal Election Commission, according to the Washington Examiner.”

CA:  STATE OF ENFORCEMENT.  LAT.  “California’s campaign finance watchdog found fewer lobbyists and campaigns to sanction in 2016, while collecting more in fines as it focused on bigger cases.”

MS:  LOBBYIST EARNINGS.  CL.  “Two women led the list of the top earning lobbyists in the state in 2016 with overall compensation of more than $2 million each.”

MT:  WHY AXE COPP?  BG.  “The Montana commissioner of political practices is a watchdog whose work is bound to make some elected officials unhappy. This week, a Montana House majority of 54 expressed their displeasure by voting to abolish the commissioner of political practices.”


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