Site funds, foreign bans, local gift rules and more in today’s political law links

NM:  SITE FUNDING.  AN.  “New Mexico lawmakers are withholding funding for a promised overhaul of the state’s aging campaign finance website that helps the public follow the influence of money in politics, even as the Legislature approved sweeping new disclosures Tuesday on political spending.”

ND:  FOREIGN FUNDS BAN.  BT.  “A bill that would place in state statute a similar prohibition that exists in federal law regarding foreign campaign contributions was heard by a Senate committee on Thursday.”

MO:  FIRST APPROVAL.   NTO.  “The Missouri House has voted to prohibit local elected officials from accepting lobbyist gifts.”

SC:  HEARING DELAY.  MBO.  “Guyton, the former chair of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is accused of exceeding personal campaign contribution limits in 2009 by moving money through corporations controlled by him to candidates and other political groups, according to ethics commission documents. He was previously under investigation by the FBI and IRS, who declined, last year, to pursue criminal charges.”

WA:  SPEAKER TO PAY.  KOMO.  “House Speaker Frank Chopp will pay $6,470 in penalties and attorneys’ fees related to campaign finance violations.”


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