Today’s Political Law Links

HASSAN ON DISCLOSE ACT.   CM.  “I recently joined 45 of my colleagues in introducing the DISCLOSE Act of 2017, which would increase transparency in our campaign finance system.”

CA:  COMMISSION APPOINTMENT.   VOC.  “Orange County supervisors, without discussion, on Tuesday appointed the second member of the still-unformed countywide ethics commission.

FL:  COREY WITHDRAWAL.   TAL.  “A Tallahassee lobbyist at the center of an FBI investigation into local redevelopment deals and a co-owner of the city-subsidized Edison restaurant abruptly withdrew from lobbying for all of his clients at the state level.”

MA:  TRAINING IN NEW BEFORD.   SCT.  “The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance will host a training seminar on the state’s filing and depository system for municipal candidates at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 on the 3rd floor of the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant St.”

ME:  FINE RECOMMENDED.  PH.  “A leading state Senate Republican is facing up to $16,500 in fines for violating state campaign finance rules – much less than the $105,000 penalty that could have been assessed under Maine Ethics Commission rules.”

MI:  TESLA WIN.   DN.  “A federal magistrate on Monday ordered two Michigan lawmakers to turn over lobbyist communications sought by Tesla as the electric automaker fights a state dealership law prohibiting it from selling directly to consumers here.”

NJ:  MENENDEZ REPLACEMENT TALK.   NJ.  “Menendez wouldn’t automatically have to resign or forfeit his office if he is convicted. And even though the Senate could hold a vote to expel him, Senate Democrats have enough votes to defeat a quick expulsion vote that would allow Gov. Chris Christie to pick Menendez’s replacement.”

NY:  DEBATE ACCESS.   NYDN.   “Longshot mayoral candidates are pushing to get into the primary debate this week against Mayor de Blasio, but Hizzoner says the field is just fine the way it is.”

NY:  RENT QUESTION.  DN.  “Incumbent Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal filed a complaint with the Campaign Finance Board accusing her challenger of not disclosing the fact that he isn’t paying rent for his campaign office.”

VAL  CROWDSOURCING LOBBYING.   WRIC.  “A group of University of Richmond law students is changing the face of lobbying in the commonwealth. They’ve created a portal to open up political access to the average Virginian.”


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