10.30 political law links

MA:  OVERRIDE OPPONENT ALLEGATION.  SC.   “A state official is accusing Ralph Stefanelli, an outspoken opponent of last spring’s $2.2 million tax override, with violating state campaign finance law.”

MA:  MULTIFIRM LOBBYING.  BH.  “Some of Beacon Hill’s top-paid lobbyists have fattened their lucrative paychecks by working under multiple firms — a rarity in the federal lobbying world — and in some cases, raising concerns of potential conflicts between their well-played clientele, a Herald review found.”

NM:  VIEW AGAINST REPEAL.  SFNM.  “The only slight risk is a possible award of fees to the plaintiffs’ lawyers if the city should ultimately lose the suit, but for two reasons, this risk cannot justify the surrender that’s being proposed.”

NY:  TESTIMONY REVIEW.  NYP.  “CFB officials stopped short of saying they are opening an investigation into possible straw donations, which according to Rechnitz’s testimony enriched the campaign coffers of de Blasio and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.”

NY:  MAYORAL MEMORY.  NYP.  “The mayor on Sunday did not deny that he made the call to Rechnitz, saying only that he could not remember.”

SC:  REPORT SCRUTINY.  FN.  “Now, more than a year-and-a-half after Bingham abruptly resigned his post in the S.C. House of Representatives, his campaign disclosures are raising eyebrows for spending that has been reported.”

WA:  REPUBLICAN GROUP FINED.  AGO.  “The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) today announced that it filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court alleging campaign finance violations by the Clark County Republican Central Committee. Specifically, the AGO asserts the committee failed to timely report a total of $586,268 in contributions, and $463,079 in debts and expenditures since 2012.”


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