12.5 political law links

FOREIGN ASSISTANCE.   WT.  “The FEC spokesman noted that the act outlaws four types of donations from foreign nationals to U.S. campaigns and related political action committees, as opposed to payments from those entities to foreigners. Foreigners may not donate money for federal or state elections, advertising or a presidential inaugural committee.”

SENTENCING IN CHARITY CASE.   NYT.  “Corrine Brown, a former longtime United States representative from Florida, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday for operating a fraudulent charity that she used for more than $300,000 in personal expenses, including tickets for N.F.L. games and a Beyoncé concert.”

IL:  CASE SETTLED.   BNA.  “The former mayor of Markham, Ill., Dec. 1 settled SEC allegations that he accepted a $75,000 bribe related to the city’s $5.5 million municipal bond offering in 2012.”

MI:  MONEY FEARS.   CN.  “The GOP said the bills would lock federal court rulings into state law and provide clarity seven years after a major U.S. Supreme Court decision, but Democrats countered the measure would go further and swell the flow of ‘dark money’ into politics.”

NY:  PUBLIC FUNDING USE.   TU.  “A publicly funded campaign for New York City Council, launched by a longtime staffer for Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden, spent $13,000 on a business in which Golden has a substantial financial interest.”

OH:  CLEARING UP DISCLOSURE.   OSU.  “As various groups push for a change in how Columbus City Council elects candidates, the Council will consider a measure to clarify campaign finance disclosure requirements for candidates running for any city office.”


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