Wed. political law links

RULES CHANGE HELPS R’S.  “Under the old rules, an individual could give up to $33,400 a year to the Republican or Democratic national committees. The new rule allows donors to give 10 times that amount.”

SUPER PAC HAUL.  MW.  “A super PAC backing Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month.”

SUPER PAC HIRE.  Bloomberg.  “According to two people close to Kasich, his super-PAC, New Day for America, has hired Fred Davis to do its media work and strategy.”

WAXMAN HIRED.  Hill.  “Former Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is now a registered lobbyist for T-Mobile and four other groups.”

BONANZA.  NYT.  “Most lobbying compensation packages are closed to public view, but some – especially of top officials working for tax-exempt trade associations – are not.”

LOBBYING RULE ISSUE.  Navy Times.  “POGO head Danielle Brian called the comments a violation of the 1913 Anti-Lobbying Act that ‘prohibits the use of taxpayer funds by federal agencies to conduct grassroots lobbying efforts to pressure Congress to support ‘any legislation or appropriation by Congress.””

AL:  MORE ENFORCEMENT.  Dec. Daily.  “Legislation approved in the Alabama Statehouse gives more clarity and enforcement capabilities to the state’s campaign finance reporting laws, the bill’s sponsor and drafter said.

IA:  NEW REFORM.  DMR.  ” A new bipartisan group in Iowa is pushing for campaign finance reform in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.  I’ll send around the next set of links next week.  Have a great weekend.

Tues. pol. law links

FILING A PETITION.  USAT.  “Two Democratic members of the Federal Election Commission, who say they are frustrated by the agency’s failure to rein in campaign-finance abuses ahead of the 2016 presidential race, are making what amounts to a drastic move Monday in the staid world of federal election law.”

REFORM PROPOSAL.  WDIO.  “Another provision would limit the campaign season by restricting campaign spending to no more than 60 days before a primary or general election and by banning candidates from raising money while Congress is in session.”

LOBBYIST ON FUNDRAISING.  WFB.  “One of the Democratic Party’s biggest fundraisers, high-powered lobbyist Tony Podesta, says lobbyists should be banned from fundraising for, and donating to, political campaigns.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH.  Politico.  “A team of former aides and allies is in the early stages of launching a super PAC to amplify the former Pennsylvania senator’s messages aimed at blue-collar Republicans, as well as pooling resources to help Santorum recapture some of the energy that propelled him to a near miss in the 2012 Republican primary.”

AK:  INVESTIGATION DROPPED.  ADN.  “The Alaska Public Offices Commission has closed its investigation of Anchorage marijuana activist Charlo Greene.

DE:  BILL TO INCREASE LIMITS.  DO.  “Legislation in the state House of Representatives would marginally increase the amount of money that individuals and corporations could give directly to Delaware political candidates, from $1,200 per election cycle to $2,000.”

MA:  USE OF FUNDS.  BG.  “Since Baker took office in January, his campaign committee has used the state GOP staff and its headquarters to solicit, collect, and organize donations at events to bulk up his depleted political account, according to several party officials and others involved in the fund-raising for the governor.”

OR:  TRYING FOR REFORM.  BB. “Oregon may join 44 other states that place some kind of campaign finance limits on corporations, unions, individuals and political parties if lawmakers pass a bill backed by Gov. Kate Brown and voters later agree in 2016.”


6-8 pol. law links

WILL ON REFORMERS.  NR.  “Since 1976, the court has held that the only legitimate purpose for limits on political contributions is to prevent quid pro quo corruption or the appearance thereof.”

LOBBYIST BUNDLING BAN PROPOSED.  Time.”[Sen. Michael] Bennet’s bill would severely limit high-octane lobbyists’ ability to ‘bundle’ campaign contributions — the act of raising money from people and delivering it to campaigns in one bundle.”

MCCUTCHEON PROFILE.  Washgingtonian.  “Before long, his ambitions for a more conservative America collided with the complex world of campaign finance, including the Watergate-era law limiting how much political money an individual can donate.”

CFR A NON-ISSUE.  WP.  “There’s a huge difference between prompted intent and unprompted action.”

FOCUS ON FOREIGN NATIONAL BAN.  UTS.  “In a motion filed Friday, Azano’s attorneys argue that banning foreigners from contributing to U.S. political campaigns limits free speech based on the identity of the speaker, and is therefore a violation of the First Amendment.”

LA:  MORE ENFORCEMENT SOUGHT.  NOLA.  “It is virtually impossible for the people of Louisiana to figure out exactly who is benefiting from the money lobbyists spend on lawmakers and other public officials. And there is essentially no oversight from the Ethics Board.”

MI:  STILL INVESTIGATING.  LSJ.  “Nearly five years after his failed bid for governor, former state treasurer and House Speaker Andy Dillon has still not balanced the books of his gubernatorial campaign committee, and the Secretary of State’s Office is investigating possible civil violations related to an excess campaign contribution.”

NY:  LWV WANTS CHANGE.  CBS.  “The League of Women Voters would like to have excess campaign funds returned to donors or given to charity when someone is no longer a candidate, Smith reported.”

TN:  ETHICS REPREIVE.  M Flyer.  “At its meeting of June 3 in Nashville, the Tennessee Ethics Commission met to consider several new penalties for alleged campaign-finance offenders and to reconsider several already assessed.”

VT:  ETHICS LAW SOUGHT.  BFP.  “The time has come for Vermont to enact a clear law regarding ethics, conflicts of interest, and financial disclosure for our elected officials.”

VA:  ETHICS BOARD UPDATE.  “The ethics advisory council came out of the General Assembly’s ethics reform package approved in the legislature earlier this year.”