What are today’s Political Law Links?

BREAK THE FEC.  WE.  “A dozen House members from both parties have introduced legislation to restructure the Federal Election Commission to help break deadlocks over campaign finance law enforcement.”

TRANSITION REVIEW.   GovExec.  “The federal government’s internal auditor is commencing a review of President Trump’s transition into office, examining potential conflicts of interest, contacts with foreign government and funding sources.”

AL:  REFERRAL TO ETHICS.   DD.  “Secretary of State John Merrill said this morning his office has sent more possible campaign finance violations to the Alabama Ethics Commission.”

CA:  JUDGE ADMONISHED.   SFG.  “The state’s Commission on Judicial Performance on Tuesday publicly admonished Alameda County Superior Court Judge Tara Flanagan for campaign finance violations that occurred during during her successful judgeship bid in 2012.”

MS:  IT’S LAW.   CL.  “Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a campaign-finance reform measure that would restrict politicians using campaign money for personal expenses.”

MO:  CHECK TIMING.   KCS.  “Six days after Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard filed legislation seeking to make big changes to Missouri’s consumer protection law, he got a $100,000 check from Joplin businessman David Humphreys.”

NH:  CASE CLOSED.  UL.  “The Attorney General’s Office has concluded Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas violated campaign finance law when he ran for governor last year by accepting and spending contributions beyond set limits for the primary cycle.”

NY:  ETHICS STATUS.  NYT. “Despite the recent convictions of the leaders of both the Assembly and the Senate and indictments against some of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s own associates, lawmakers failed to take up a raft of ethics proposals included in the governor’s executive budget.”

TN:  MOVE TO DOUBLE AUDITS.   TN.  “A state Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to approve legislation that would increase the number of random campaign finance audits from 2 percent to 4 percent.”


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