Bonuses, rent, FBI raid, and more Political Law Links

BONUS BLOWBACK.   WP.  “Gov. Tom Wolf says the committee that raised public and private money to put on last summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should have returned surplus funds to the taxpayers rather than handing out staff bonuses and grants.”

RENT QUESTIONED.  WE.  “A top House Democrat used campaign money to pay his brother’s company nearly $70,000 over the past decade.”

SEIZURE FROM LOBBYIST.   WSJ.  “Federal agents have seized nearly a half-million dollars from a Washington lobbyist accused of helping the ruling family of Gabon and other clients evade money-laundering regulations.”

NEW SUPER PAC.  TB.  “Gov. Rick Scott will chair a national Super PAC aiming to ‘change and rebrand the way the Republican Party approaches the challenges of the future.'”

FIRM SEARCH.  WP.  “Federal authorities on Thursday searched the offices of a political consulting firm in Annapolis that has worked with Republican candidates locally and nationwide and was sued in 2014 on allegations of fraudulent fundraising practices.”

CA:  INDICTMENT.   LAT.  “Mark Orozco was charged in a 10-count indictment alleging he falsely identified campaign funds in a Fair Political Practices Commission disclosure form, Dist. Atty. Mike Hestrin said in a statement. Orozco is set to surrender to authorities on May 25 at a Riverside courthouse.”

MI:  ETHICS STALL.  DN.  “Despite tacit support from the Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, the Michigan House appears to be stalemated on a major ethics reform because of opposition from a powerful committee chairman.”

OR:  PORTLAND REFORM.  PM.  “Reformers had an easy time last year convincing Multnomah County voters to put limits on campaign contributions for county races. Now they’re hoping to make the same plea at the city level—even as the legality of their reforms remains an open question.”


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