Political law links for 4-17-17

POTENTIAL TAX BILL PROVISION.   WP.  “As Republicans struggle to craft a sweeping tax package — a process already rife with political land mines — they are preparing to add another volatile element to the mix: a provision that would end a six-decade-old ban on churches and other tax-exempt organizations supporting political candidates.”

AFTER YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA.   BB.  “Ravel claimed that the use of Facebook and other social media platforms by political campaigns is a problem.”

REFORM SOUGHT.   Hill.  “The Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act aims to structure a commission that is capable of — and designed to — enforce the laws on the books.”

CA:  ADMONISHED JUDGE.  PW.  “An Alameda County Superior Court judge was publicly admonished Tuesday by a state judicial commission in San Francisco for misconduct related to campaign financing.”

DC:  ALLEGED INFORMATION MISSING.  WP.  “A D.C. Council member who is facing possible disciplinary action for failing to identify the source of contributions to his 2015 campaign also filed reports with regulators for his reelection last year that omitted information on tens of thousands in reported donations, according to a Washington Post analysis.”

MO:  WHAT’S A LOBBYIST?   KSMU.  “…[W]e thought it would be helpful to offer a refresher on Missouri law regarding what defines a lobbyist.”

NH:  REVOLVING DOOR ISSUE.   NH1.  “The executive director of Maine’s ethics commission wants to prohibit all compensated lobbying by former lawmakers in their first year after public service.”

OR:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE DROP-KICK.   WW.  “The long, strange trip that is campaign finance reform in Oregon took a new turn last week, when the Multnomah County Commission voted to send a ballot measure voters passed 89 percent to 11 percent last November to Multnomah County Circuit Court to see if it violates the Oregon Constitution.”


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