Political law links for 1/25/18

TECH LOBBYING.  TIME.  “When it comes to corporate lobbying efforts, Google outspent other major technology firms last year by millions of dollars, and took the top spot among companies more broadly.”

LOBBY BIZ STATUS.   POL.  “Lobbyists across town raked in a total of more than $3.3 billion during the first year of Trump’s administration, according to figures compiled for POLITICO by the Center for Responsive Politics.”

DC:  HEAT ON MAYOR ON PUBLIC FUNDING.   WP.  “The position Bowser has staked out is surprising for the leader of a progressive city — all the more so because the campaign finance rules advanced by the D.C. Council have been widely adopted elsewhere.”

MO:  WEIGHING GIFT BAN.   MPR.  “The Missouri Senate committee on ethics is considering the proposed ban on lobbyist gifts that passed last week in the House.”

NY: GUILTY PLEA. NYT. “A campaign donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio secretly pleaded guilty in federal court to bribery, admitting that he used his contributions to the mayor to try to win favorable lease terms for a restaurant he owned on city property, newly unsealed court records show.”

SD:  FILLING GAP.   ST.  “South Dakota Senate lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at requiring ballot measure campaigns to disclose their donors while supporters gather support to put initiatives on the ballot.”


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