Your daily Political Law Links for Apr. 19, 2017

THE LATEST IN PAY TO PLAY.  Lex.  “Regulators and lawmakers across the United States have put forward new pay-to-play rules to further limit campaign contributions by companies and individuals that do business with or lobby the government.”

INAUGURAL HAUL.  Hill.  “President Trump’s inaugural committee raised a record-breaking $106.7 million to pay for his inauguration festivities, it announced Tuesday. ”

CA:  RESTRICTIONS REPEALED.  PT.  “A split City Council on Tuesday repealed a local campaign finance law that barred elected officials from contributing officeholder funds to other candidates running for local, state or federal elective office.”

FL:  ETHICS CHANGES UPDATE.   PBP.  “A major ethics package backed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran is dead for the session after the Senate refused to consider the legislation, House leaders said Tuesday.”

MO:  LITTLE ATTENTION.   KMBZ.  “A senate bill has been filed to require financial disclosure from non-profits that support political candidates. The bill has not been scheduled for a hearing.”

MT:  BILL REJECTED.  USN.  “A bill to raise campaign contribution limits for state candidates and allow decisions on campaign finance violations to go to mediation has failed on a tie vote in the Montana House.”

PA:  MESSY RULES.   PPG.  “This is the first election cycle in which candidates seeking elected office in Pittsburgh must abide by a 2015 campaign-finance ordinance, and at least one mayoral candidate appears to be stumbling over a requirement limiting how much a supporter can provide.”

PA:  PROBATION IN CASE.  Phil.  “For years, John H. Estey – former top aide to Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell – surreptitiously recorded Pennsylvania power brokers and cooperated with FBI agents running an elaborate sting probing a pay-to-play culture in the capital.”


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