Today’s Political Law Links

EXPERTS DEBATE.   SFG.  “The Electoral College is good for democracy and regulation of political campaign financing is generally bad, one expert on election laws told a judicial conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Another speaker, equally expert, said the opposite.”

LEGAL FEE SPENDING.   LAT.  “The House Ethics Committee released a report that stated Hunter ‘may have converted tens of thousands of dollars of campaign funds from his congressional campaign committee to personal use to pay for family travel, flights, utilities, healthcare, school uniforms and tuition, jewelry, groceries and other goods, services, and expenses.'”

KASICH SUPER PAC.   DC.   “The largest super PAC to back Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign has been quietly emailing his supporters over the last couple of months to promote the governor’s positions on national issues and soliciting donations.”

CA:  RECALL CONTRIBUTION LIMIT ISSUE.   LAT.  “The top attorney for the state’s campaign watchdog agency recommended Monday that it deny a request to boost the limit for contributions to a highly charged recall election.”

FL:  VIEWS ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE.   MH.  “Ken Russell the would-be congressional candidate seems to have a different stance on campaign fundraising than Ken Russell the Miami commissioner.”

IL:  BURN RATE.   CST.  “More than $100,000 a day.  That’s how much billionaire J.B. Pritzker is spending on average since entering the race for governor three months ago.”

ME:  CASINO MISS.  PH.  “Three organizations tied to a southern Maine casino referendum under investigation by state officials have missed another deadline for reporting their financial activity to campaign regulators.”

MO:  LAWMAKER FINED.   STL.  “Rep. Courtney Curtis, a Democrat who has been in office since 2013, maintained at least 11 bank accounts for his re-election fund, potentially allowing him to use some of those donations for personal use, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.”

MT:  ATTORNEY SANCTIONS.   BDH.  “District Judge Kathy Seeley of Helena ordered attorney Emily Jones to pay reasonable costs incurred by the commissioner of political practices to overcome her interference in the investigation into the 2012 campaign activities of the Montana Growth Network.”

NM:  NEW HEARING.   AJ.  “One speaker described ‘dark-money’ spending in elections as a disease, and others said their First Amendment rights are at stake.”

TX:  TEC CHAIR PROFILE.   PRN.  “McKool Smith, one of America’s leading trial firms, has announced that Dallas Principal Steven Wolens has been elected Chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission.”

TX:  MEMBER MISS.   AS.  “Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen failed to file a campaign finance report Monday, missing a deadline for a mid-year report that is required of all council members and declared candidates.”


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