What is a Senator?  Today’s political links are here

WHAT IS A SENATOR?  NYM.  “On the second day of jury deliberations in Robert Menendez’s corruption trial, one juror asked a question that cut to the heart of the case — and, also, to the rudiments of fifth-grade civics: ‘What is a senator?’”

SENATOR COULD REMAIN.  POL.  “As the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez concludes, Senate Democrats could face a stark question — how long will they stick by the New Jersey Democrat if he’s convicted?”

CAB PAY TO PLAY RULE UPDATE.  TA.  “The Securities and Exchange Commission approved Monday new Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules allowing capital acquisition brokers to engage in distribution and solicitation activities for RIAs consistent with the anti-pay-to-play rules.”  The Regulatory Notice is here.  

CA:  HEARING FOR GROUP.  BER.  “One year after the contentious 2016 elections and nine months since a complaint was filed, the Berkeley Fair Campaign Practices Commission will hold a hearing on charges that a group representing Berkeley property owners violated campaign finance laws.”

CA:  FACING FINES.  DR.  “Pam Bertani faces $18,500 in state Fair Political Practices Commission penalties for allegedly failing to comply with filing and disclosure requirements for contributions, expenditures and contributor information during her 2014 campaign for Solano County supervisor.”

CA:  TRANSFER SCRUTINY.  FB.  “Nelson Esparza, accused of improperly transferring money from a school board campaign committee to a Fresno City Council campaign committee earlier this year, is paying a $500 penalty to the city and must repay the questionable transfer.”

NM:  SYSTEM NEEDS HELP.  USN.  “Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Wednesday that her office needs more money to meet a legislative mandate to update New Mexico’s campaign finance reporting system in order to provide more transparency and improve public access.”

TX:  ETHICS REPRIMAND.  NBC.  “There was indeed a bitter debate before the rest of the Dallas City Council unanimously decided on a reprimand and ethics training for Kingston over a Facebook campaign video he recorded in his City Hall office. Use of city facilities for political purposes is prohibited.”


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