10.2 political law links

OVERTURNED CONVICTIONS LOOM.   NYT.  “The legal turn of events in the cases against Sheldon Silver and Dean G. Skelos, the two former New York State legislative leaders, is almost certain to resonate in another corruption case unfolding just across the Hudson River in the federal courthouse here where the defendant is United States Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey.”

REID EXPECTED.   FN.  “Former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is expected to be called to testify in the corruption trial of Sen. Robert Menendez, a source with knowledge of the situation told Fox News on Friday.”

NEW LOW .  NYP.  “Perhaps our corruption laws really have become so weak that Menendez could walk when the trial finally comes to an end around Thanksgiving. But his breach of the public trust is so severe that if the Senate ethics committee is worthy of its name, he will be expelled from the Senate regardless of the verdict.”

ADS TURNED OVER.  ABC.  “Social media giant Facebook is expected to provide Congress on Monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran around the time of the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a Russian ad agency.”

CA:  WHAT WILL BROWN DO?   MN.  “The barely legible print that briefly flashes on-screen at the end of political ads will be gone, replaced by information people can clearly read, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a closely watched bill targeting ‘dark money’ in campaigns.”

CT:  PUBLIC FINANCING LIVES.  NHR.  “Scores of Connecticut politicians reliant on public campaign financing got a stay of execution when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed the Republican budget last week, but some are still making contingency plans during the ongoing impasse over the state’s $3.6 billion deficit.”

MD:  WHAT NEW RULES MEAN.   BSUN.  “The Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that aggregate contribution caps were an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. Maryland election officials announced they would no longer enforce the $10,000 limit for the 2014 election cycle or the $24,000 limit for 2018.”

OK:  REPORTING ERROR.  TW.  “Reese said the accountant acknowledged making the mistake and resigned from his campaign Thursday. The accountant didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.”


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