Thursday’s political law links

TODAY AT THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.  The agenda for today’s meeting is here.

MCCASKILL VIEW.  NL.  “Sen. Claire McCaskill isn’t backing off from her opposition to dark money in politics, even after a nonprofit that isn’t required to disclose its donors spent $500,000 to support her.”

GUILTY PLEA FOR CONTRIBUTIONS.  DOJ.  “A New York City man pleaded guilty today to making illegal political contributions in the names of others to campaign committees for U.S. President and U.S. Senate in 2011, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.”

CA:  GROUP FINED.   VOC.  “The group Fullerton Taxpayers for Reform will be fined $2,500 by the state’s ethics watchdog for distributing 500 improperly labeled campaign signs during the June 2016 primary election against State Senate candidate Sukhee Kang.”

DC:  SLOPPY FINANCE.  WP.  “It is inexcusable that the audit of the 2015 campaign took so long and that voters who were asked to vote on Mr. Todd’s reelection last year were kept in the dark.”

FL:   CITY BOARD POWER.  Tall.  “he city’s independent ethics board doesn’t have the authority to investigate ‘misuse of position’ of its officials and employees, and has even less teeth than the state Commission on Ethics, an attorney for the board told members this week.”

IL:  REVIEW EXPANDED.   CT.  “The Chicago Board of Ethics on Wednesday found there is probable cause that eight more individuals and the companies they represented broke the city’s lobbying laws for actions revealed in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal emails — a substantial expansion of the number of potential lobbying violations now under review.”

NY:  OPTING OUT.   GG.  “This year, with few competitive races in the 2017 city election cycle, a number of sitting City Council members seem to be eschewing the program, with some having spent significant sums in the past three years and others having already raised more than they could legally spend if they participated.”

TX:  FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE APPROVED.   TT.  “Inching toward 21st century transparency, the Texas House on Tuesday preliminarily approved — in a unanimous vote — to require that the personal financial statements of state politicians and bureaucrats be posted online.”

VT:  DELAY ON ETHICS.  WAMC.  “Vermont lawmakers have again pushed back a vote on a measure to create a statewide ethics commission.”


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