Indictment, informant, settlement, and more political law links

FEDERAL INDICTMENT.   Chron.  “Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman and a former congressional aide were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations to fund campaigns and pay personal expenses.”

INFORMANT IN OFFICE.   FN.  “A staffer working for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock secretly provided the government with a trove of emails, credit card receipts and other documents that violated the now-indicted congressman’s constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure, his lawyers argue in new court filings.”

IA:  AFP ADMONISHED.  DMR.  “The Iowa House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to issue a letter admonishing Americans for Prosperity lobbyist Drew Klein for failing to register his position on a controversial bill scaling back collective bargaining rights.”

MT:  COMPLAINT SETTLED.  MSLN.  “A Missoula attorney has agreed to pay a fine and help support a legal course on elections to settle a complaint that he and a political action committee supporting County Attorney Kirsten Pabst during the 2014 election filed finance reports that were either late, incomplete or both.”

NJ:  BACK IN BUSINESS.  NJ1015.  “ELEC is supposed to have four commissioners but had been relegated to just one, as Christie and Democrats who run the Senate and must confirm nominations disagreed on the appointments.”

C:  PANEL TAKES SHAPE.   TS.  “As a State House corruption probe continues, a new watchdog panel charged with policing the state’s ethics laws is taking shape.”


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