Today’s Political Law Links

ETHICS RULES QUESTION.   BI.  “In late May, the White House released the ethics waivers it provided to at least 16 White House staffers to allow them to work with subjects they had in the private sector before joining the government.”

CA:  DA QUITS.  MCC.  “Contra Costa County’s district attorney has resigned and pleaded no contest to corruption charges for using re-election campaign funds for personal expenses.”

CT:  LOBBYING DOMINATION.    CC.  “Businesses, nonprofits and cities and towns spent more than $25 million this legislative session trying to win favor with lawmakers and the Malloy administration, according to the most recent lobbyist filings with the Office of State Ethics.”

FL:  COMPLAINTS DISMISED.  SHT.  “he Florida Commission on Ethics announced Wednesday that it dismissed two complaints filed against Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore for ‘lack of legal sufficiency.'”

KY:  ETHICS RULING OPPOSED.  SJ.  “Kentucky’s largest and most influential lobbyist organization says it opposes a judge’s ruling allowing lobbyists to give money to political candidates.

OR:  ETHICS INVESTIGATION.   DH.  “Complaints against the trio allege that they obtained prohibited financial benefits and failed to declare conflicts of interest regarding a controversial annexation during council votes.”

PA:  MONEY IN LOCAL POLITICS.  STT.  “In an illustration how far afield election regulations have wandered, an association that conducted recent partisan campaign activity in Scranton obtained anonymity because of its classification as a social welfare organization.”

RI:  NOT GUILTY PLEA.   PRI.  “Former state Rep. Peter Palumbo pleaded not guilty in Providence County Superior Court Wednesday to charges he allegedly used campaign funds for personal use, according to Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.”

VT:  ETHICS BILL LAW.   USN.  “Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law a bill establishing a state ethics commission.”


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