10.24 political law links

HONEST ADS NEED TO KNOW.  NPR.  “What we’ve tried to do is a very light touch. We don’t want to slow down innovation.”

DIGITAL TRANSPARENCY.  BB.  “As a response to the Russian campaign to sow discord in the 2016 presidential election, the so-called Honest Ads Act is wholly inadequate. It is also entirely necessary.”

CABS AND PAY TO PLAY.  LEX.  “As a result of the new CAB rules, CABs will need to adopt pay-to-play policies. In addition, any investment adviser who engages a CAB for distribution or solicitation activities to a governmental entity should inquire as to the policies adopted by the CAB and obtain representations that the CAB has adopted such policies and is in compliance with the FINRA pay-to-play rules.”

PAC TIES.  POL.  “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed millions of dollars in political contributions since 2014 to a network of Washington operatives that prominent conservatives have accused of profiting by misleading donors.”

FL:  RESIGNATION AND PLEA.  L10.  “Grieco will enter a plea in connection to one misdemeanor count of accepting a political donation through a straw donor, which is in violation of state campaign finance law.”

HI:  REFORMS EYED.  TH.  “The county Board of Ethics is looking for a way to add teeth to what has historically been a paper tiger, almost a decade after the County Council gave it authority to fine public officials who violate the ethics code.”

MO:  CONFUSING LAW.  SPR.  “The Missouri Ethics Commission, charged with enforcing the new law, has had its hands full. The six-person panel has issued at least 15 different opinions addressing various provisions of Amendment 2. It’s also been caught in the middle of several lawsuits.”

NY:  VIEW ON ETHICS REFORM.  ATU.  “If lawmakers aren’t serious about reform, then it’s up to citizens to create a more-accountable government.”


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