Political Law Links 4-27-2017

TESTING PRIVACY.   WTSP.   “President Donald Trump supporters, listen up – someone is posting your name, how much you’ve donated, where you live and what you do all in one place online.”

ETHICS ACCUSATION.    USN.  “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse filed an ethics complaint Tuesday against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over a planned May 5 appearance as the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Republican Party’s annual gala dinner. The Rhode Island Democrat says that would violate the Hatch Act, which limits the political activities of executive branch employees.”  The latest is he won’t attend.

CO:  MEASURE DIES.   GAZ.  “A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Wednesday killed two campaign finance reform measures that Democrats pushed this year as part of a package.”

CO:  GROUP FINED.  CI.  “Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, who ran for governor in 2014, should have registered a nonprofit as a political committee, a judge ruled.”

FL:  ALLEGED VIOLATION.   HT.  “The Florida Commission on Ethics determined that Rob Robinson, the former North Port city attorney, violated state law when he encouraged the city’s creation of a special magistrate for code enforcement and zoning hearings officer positions.”

MN:  LOBBYIST SPENDING.  PB.  “Local governments spent more than $9 million on lobbying at the Minnesota Capitol last year, according to a new report.”

OR:  EX-LEGISLATOR CLEARED TO LOBBY.  USN.  “The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has issued an advisory opinion allowing a recently retired state lawmaker to lobby the Legislature.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.   I’ll send around the next set of links early next week.


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