Political law links for April 25, 2017

SUPREME COURT DENIES.    REU.  “The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by an Alabama black-voter outreach group with close ties to the state’s Democratic Party of a lower court’s ruling that upheld a state ban on cash transfers between political action committees.

PACS SPEND.    BNA.  “Political action committees received and spent a record amount of money in the 2016 campaign cycle, according to Federal Election Commission data analyzed by Bloomberg BNA.”

INQUIRY SOUGHT.   RC.  “A conservative-leaning ethics foundation filed an inquiry Monday with the Office of Congressional Ethics, asking it to look into Rep. Hank Johnson’s use of official resources to help Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff’s campaign.”

CA:  LOOPHOLE LOOK.  FB.  “On Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled Assembly Elections Committee will get a chance to put their votes where their rhetoric is by approving Assembly Bill 1234 by Assemblyman Marc Levine. The bill would shine light on money that flows into one dim corner of California elections by restricting the size of donations from political parties to candidates. Don’t count on it passing.”

NJ:  PAY TO PLAY RE-THINK.   NJB.  “Jeff Brindle calls New Jersey’s pay-to-play law ‘convoluted and complicated’ and cites its ‘stunning inconsistency.'”

NJ:  FORMER EXEC PAYS.   NJ.  “Former Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and two of her aides have agreed to pay a total of $2,500 to the state for breaking election finance rulesaccording to a settlement published by the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission.”

NY:  CITY HYPOCRISY.  NYP.  “t looks like several City Council members will be opting out of the city’s public campaign-finance program for this year’s elections — although they still claim to champion the system.”

NC:  OVERRIDE.   NO.  “The state Senate voted Monday night to go ahead with a plan to reconfigure oversight of elections in North Carolina despite a gubernatorial veto.”

VA:  LOOKING AT LAWS.   NBC.  “A state advisory panel says Virginia political ethics laws might need to change.”


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