Good morning, here are Political Law Links, 5-22-17

EX-COMMISSIONER LANDS.   WE.  “The former chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, who famously eyed regulating the politics of conservative outlets like the Drudge Report, has joined an advocacy group funded by George Soros and run by his son.”

AD EDIT.   AJC.  “When San Francisco officials demanded that a GOP group remove images of cable cars from an ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff, the super PAC turned to another reliable symbol of the California city: The Golden Gate Bridge.”

WAIVER UPDATE.   NYT.   “The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose the names of former lobbyists who have been granted waivers to work in the White House or federal agencies.”

ETHICS AND MUELLER.  WP.  “Newly appointed special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will undergo a Justice Department ethics review that will examine possible conflicts of interest regarding his former law firm, which represents several figures who could be caught up in the probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.”

TESTER REFORM BILLS.  MTS.  “Tester’s latest efforts include the SUN (Sunlight for Unaccountable Non-Profits) Act, which would require Dark Money groups to disclose the identity of their mega-donors; the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act which would require Senate candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically, thus saving taxpayers’ money and increasing transparency to the public; and a constitutional amendment that strikes at the heart of Big Money by declaring that corporations are not people…”

AZ:  LOSS OF SEAT POTENTIAL.   AZ.  “State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, D-Gila Bend, is on the hot seat over his use of public campaign-finance money, and it could cost him his chair in the House of Representatives.”

FL:  NEW PAC UPDATE.   OS.  “Ahead of a likely 2018 run for U.S. Senate, Gov. Rick Scott has set up a political action committee designed to appeal to younger and Hispanic voters.”

MT:  BILL VETOED.   MLN.  “Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has vetoed a bill that would have raised the amount of money that could be contributed to political campaigns and changed operations within the office of the state’s campaign finance watchdog.”

NM:  LAW AMBIGUOUS.   NMP.  “New Mexico lobbyists and their employers reported spending more than $690,000 during the first four months of the year, but whether that’s everything they spent is anyone’s guess.”

SC:  ETHICS (F)LAW.  HO.   “Now, a new ethics law is in effect, aiming to restore the public’s faith that corrupt politicians will be held accountable.”

TX:  NO COLLABORATION.   LT.  “State law prohibits political subdivisions, such as LISD, from producing or contributing to political advertisements they are connected to. However, both the Vote Yes Lewisville ISD PAC in their campaign to get the bond passed and LISD with their informational website on the bond left everything up to their contracted media groups, which worked together.”


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