1.22.18 political law links

KID ROCK MOVE.   DN.  “Kid Rock last month donated $122,000 of the money raised by selling merchandise promoting ‘Kid Rock for US Senate’ — his fake political campaign — to a voter-registration organization affiliated with the College Republicans, his publicist said.”

BAUER ON RUSSIA LINKS.   JS.  ” Political and issue advocacy organizing are burdened by the costs of complying with complex and voluminous regulations. Increasingly, political actors also worry in a hyper-polarized environment about the potential for harassment that comes with the mandatory disclosure of political spending.”

OCE EDIT.   HILL.  “Bipartisan legislation released earlier this week to overhaul Capitol Hill’s sexual harassment policies would prevent an independent ethics watchdog from reviewing complaints.”

LOBBY BIZ VIEW.   NYT.  “The numbers compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks money in American politics, might not seem surprising. The amount spent on lobbying during the first nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency, it found, was higher than in any corresponding period since 2012.”

FL:  REVIEW OF COMPLAINT.   PNJ.  “Virlindia Doss, executive director of the ethics commission, said in the initial review of Robertson’s complaint, that the complaint was mostly legally insufficient and provided no factual allegations to support a violation of Florida ethics laws.”

RI:  CASH ACCOUNT AUDITS.   PJ.  “Too many Rhode Island politicians ignore their obligations to file accurate and timely campaign finance reports. Those failures are often signals of other, more serious troubles.”


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