10.17 political law links

AMZN BIGGEST.  FB.  “According to the New York Times, Amazon has increased its lobbying staff to 83 members this year compared to 60 members last year, making it one of the biggest corporate lobbying shops in town. To top it off, the company is also on its way to surpassing its previous high for lobbying spending last year, which was $11.3 million.”

AZ:  HORNE UPDATE.  AZDS.  “A three-year investigation of former Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne found he illegally used his office staff to work on his failed 2014 re-election effort but that no criminal charges are warranted and he won’t have to pay back additional money.”

MS: CHANGES IN LAW.  MSB.  “On April 11, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law Senate Bill 2689, legislation instituting several reforms to Mississippi’s campaign finance laws.”

MO:  ETHICS REVIEW.  USN.  “The Missouri House Ethics Committee is reviewing a complaint against a lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged.”

NM:  FUNDS IN THE BALANCE.  SFNM.  “More than $900,000 that Republican Congressman Steve Pearce hopes to use to finance his bid for governor rests for now in the hands of a federal judge as an unusual lawsuit over New Mexico’s campaign finance laws wends through the courts.”

NY:  LAX RULES ALLEGED.  GG.  “District attorneys, through their election campaigns — which are not bound by New York City’s strict fundraising and spending limits — can receive tens of thousands of dollars from a single donor, including lawyers, regardless of whether the attorney has business before the office.”

PA:  RECORD FINE.  WHYY.  “A political action committee faces a $60,000 fine for failing to file required campaign finance reports for money it spent to sway voters in Philadelphia’s May 2015 primary.”

TX:  CRUNCHING NUMBERS.  TT.  “Over the weekend, incumbents and federal candidates jockeying for office in 2018 submitted what their campaigns raked in and spent during the third quarter of the year.”


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