Good morning, today’s political law links

AK:  VAGUE LAW.  ADN.  “A recent news story in Alaska Dispatch News detailed how some legislators are choosing to spend campaign contributions transferred to office expense accounts — on membership fees for Costco, Alaska Airlines lounge memberships, Rotary Club dues, campaign fundraising trips, campaign cellphones, a ceramic king salmon and a subscription to The New Yorker magazine.”

MD:  ETHICS SPOTLIGHT.  CG.  “The House of Delegates voted unanimously Friday to reprimand Morhaim for going before a state commission to advocate changes in the way licenses are awarded to medical marijuana producers, without telling the panel that he was also a paid consultant for one would-be licensee, and that the changes might benefit that company and himself.”

MA:  POSSIBLE CHARGES.  BG.  “State campaign finance officials plan to ask Attorney General Maura Healey to consider criminal prosecution of partners at Boston’s Thornton Law Firm, saying they have evidence that the firm illegally reimbursed lawyers and their spouses for up to $175,000 in campaign contributions to state candidates and causes.”

NY:  PUBLIC FINANCING ISSUE.   NYP.  “In a fresh sign of the perversity of the city’s campaign-finance system, it looks like the taxpayers this year will be subsidizing outright hate speech.”

SD:  NEW REGS WEIGHED.  KDLT. “State lawmakers are weighing new campaign finance regulations that would remove South Dakota from the short list of states that allow politicians to pocket the money in their campaign accounts.”

WA:  FEES ORDERED.  USN.  “A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered Grocery Manufacturers Association to pay $1.1 million in legal fees after it violated state campaign finance disclosure laws.”

LATIN AMERICA FINANCE.   Economist.    “Revelations of corrupt political donations in several Latin American countries by Odebrecht and other Brazilian construction firms are sparking demands to tighten the rules on campaign finance.”


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