Political law links

HEDGE FUND BETS.  USAT.  ” A small band of ultra-wealthy hedge fund managers is pumping last-minute donations into newly organized super PACs to help tip the U.S. Senate to Republicans, new campaign filings show.”

HARKIN HEAT.  DMR.  “Retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin has so far refused pleas from top national Democrats to spread some of his nearly $2.4 million campaign bankroll to the candidate hoping to succeed him, as well as other endangered Democrats in this year’s Senate races.”

CA:  KASHKARI ADDS.  Mercurynews.com.  “Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari is contributing another $1 million of his own money to his campaign for California governor.”

CA:  MAXIMUM FINE.  SF Gate.  “A San Francisco property management company and one of its top executives will pay $40,000 — the maximum allowed under state law — for laundering $4,000 in campaign contributions to Mayor Ed Lee and then-Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting during the 2011 mayor’s race.”

KY:  LOBBYIST PAY.  Courier-Journal.  “Through the first eight months of 2014 Frankfort’s top lobbyists have made much more money in lobbying fees – MUCH more money – than Steve Beshear will make in salary all year as governor.”

NH:  VIOLATIONS ALLEGED.  Concord Monitor.  “Walt Havenstein’s campaign violated state campaign finance rules earlier this year but will not face penalties because it has since corrected its errors, the attorney general’s office ruled yesterday.”

NH: PUSH POLL RULING.  Nashua Telegraph.  “If you hate it when political campaigns call you at dinner time during election season, there’s some bad news and some good news in the latest state Supreme Court ruling.”

NJ:  BILL MOVES.  Northjersey.com.  “The rules that prohibit New Jersey’s public employee pension funds from being invested in firms whose investment managers make contributions to political candidates here would be expanded to cover donations to national political groups under a bill approved by a state Senate committee on Thursday.”

NY: SUPER PAC ISLANDER.  Newsday. “Some late financial help is coming to the aid of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.”

NY:  FINE FOR KING.    NYDN.  “Bronx Councilman Andy King was fined $12,048 Thursday for campaign finance violations stemming from a 2012 special election.”


Fri. political law links

MAYDAY PAY DAY.  Politico.  “Mayday PAC, the self-styled anti-super PAC super PAC fighting big money in politics, raised $1.5 million since mid-August, with $650,000 coming from just five super-rich donors.”

TIMES ON THE POLITICAL MONEY ECOSCAPE. NYT. “With the advent of Citizens United, any players with the wherewithal, and there are surprisingly many of them, can start what are in essence their own political parties, built around pet causes or industries and backing politicians uniquely answerable to them.”

AZ:  ADMISSION IN CASE.  AZ Capitol Times.  “Republican Corporation Commission candidates Tom Forese and Doug Little now admit they broke Arizona’s campaign finance laws, and each has been assessed a $1,000 fine by the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, meaning the two will avoid a deeper investigation into their campaign finance reports.”

CA:  ANONYMOUS MAILER.  Palo Alto Online.  “An anonymous mailer urging recipients to vote for the three female candidates for Palo Alto’s school board went out to an unknown number of local homes this week, creating a stir due to its negative tone and apparent targeting of one candidate.”

IL:  EMANUEL EDGE.  Chicago Tribune.  “Mayor Rahm Emanuel widened his financial advantage over challengers in the upcoming mayoral election, reporting more than $1.1 million in contributions to his political organization in the latest state campaign finance report.”

IL:  BREAKING RECORDS.  Herald Review.  “The heated race for Illinois governor is shattering state records for campaign fundraising and spending, fueled by a deep-pocketed GOP candidate and intense national interest in what’s expected to be one of the closest contests in the country.”

LA:  COMPLAINTS FILED.  KTBS.  “Ethics Complaints for excessive contributions to mayoral candidates Ollie Tyler and Patrick Williams were put in the mail in Shreveport Wednesday, and sent to the Ethics Administration in Baton Rouge, sources tell KTBS.”

MA:  REFORM DEAD.  Boston.com.  “Close to home, officials in Somerville sought to pass a law limiting campaign donations for those looking to build in or do business with the city.”

MN:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE DASHBOARD.   MinnPost.com.  “MinnPost is tracking fundraising totals for candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House in 2014.”


Political law links

SUPER PAC REPORTS.  ABC.  “Some of the most powerful political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to reveal how much cash they raised and spent during July, August and September. It was likely to be one the last times before Nov. 4’s elections that voters could see how millions of dollars were flowing into outside campaign groups.”

BLOOMBERG GIVES.  AJC.  “Former New York City mayor, media tycoon and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg gave $350,000 to a pro-Michelle Nunn Super PAC last month, making him easily the biggest single benefactor to her campaign.”

AD HALT.  Courier Journal.  “The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee appears to be pulling out of Kentucky and leaving Alison Lundergan Grimes by herself to battle Mitch McConnell and the political action committees that have been hammering her with millions of dollars in television ads for months.”

CA:  CALPERS NEWS.  SacBee.com.  “The FPPC is fining Mathur for failing to file four campaign finance statements in connection with her recent successful bid for re-election to the CalPERS board.”

FL: DEBATE MOU NEWS. WP. “On Wednesday night, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) refused (for a short time) to take the debate stage with former governor Charlie Crist (D), reportedly because Crist had a fan — something he often uses during public appearances — at his feet.”

MT:  RADIO AD COMPLAINT.  Helenair.com.  “Democratic candidate for Senate District 42 Jill Cohenour has filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices against her Republican opponent Joe Dooling over a radio ad that both candidates agree did not include his party affiliation.”

NV:  STATE OF PLAY.  Las Vegas Sun.  “Nevada voters get a new look today at who’s spending money to influence upcoming state and local elections.”

PAY TO PLAY AWAITING SAY.  ABC.  “Legislation to end pay-to-play politics in state contracts is awaiting the signature of Governor Tom Corbett.”

PA:  RULES TIGHT.  Philly.com.  “Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics approved a series of amendments to the city’s campaign-finance rules Wednesday, the most significant aimed at tightening restrictions on what constitutes a third party’s support of a candidate.”

VA: THE JUROR. WP. “The juror who was mysteriously excused midway through the public corruption case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, was let go because he called a lawyer he knew and mentioned his jury service — although both he and the lawyer said their conversation did not go far beyond that, court records show.”

WI: RANDA RULES.   JSOnline.com.  “U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa on Tuesday barred state election officials and Milwaukee’s top prosecutor from enforcing their interpretation of campaign finance laws limiting the ability of candidates and purportedly independent groups from collaborating.”