10.5 political law links

SENATE PANEL UPDATE.  REU.  “Burr told reporters the committee plans to conduct 25 more interviews with witnesses this month, but described his goal of finishing this year the main congressional investigation into Russian meddling as only ‘aspirational’ at this point.”

REID WON’T BE CALLED.  WP.  “Prosecutors in the bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) don’t plan to call former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a witness in their case, despite his presence at a key meeting in the corruption case, according to people familiar with the matter.”

MO:  TARGET OF COMPLAINT.  STL.  “A Democratic state lawmaker is calling on Missouri ethics regulators to levy fines totaling $320,000 against a major Republican campaign donor.”

NY:  BENEFIT FROM FUNDS.  NYP.  “City Council candidate Yoni Hikind, son of Assemblyman Dov Hikind, was employed by a Brooklyn non-profit last year that’s reaped tens of thousands of dollars from his dad’s political campaign accounts, records show.”

OK:  REVOLVING DOOR RULE COMMENT.  TW.  “The Oklahoma Ethics Commission is considering a rule change that would prohibit lawmakers and state employees from lobbying for two years after they leave their posts.”

PA:  LATEST FROM PHILLY.  PHI.  “A onetime challenger to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady has agreed to cooperate – and potentially testify — in an ongoing federal investigation into $90,000 he says the congressman’s campaign gave him to drop out of a 2012 primary race.”

BRAZIL:  PUBLIC FINANCING APPROVED.  REU.  “Brazil’s scandal-plagued political class voted on Wednesday to set up a 1.7 billion reais ($542 million) fund with taxpayer money to finance election campaigns, making up for a dearth of private funding ahead of next year’s general election.”


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