Wed. political law links, 4-22

NEXT LEVEL SUPER PAC.  NYT.  “This year’s exodus to super PACs suggests that the real action is moving further away from the traditional campaigns — and further outside the decades-old regulatory system devised to insulate politics from the potentially corrosive influence of moneyed interests.”

SUPER PAC EXPERIMENT.  STLT.  “Republican Jeb Bush may reshape the traditional presidential campaign with his plan to turn over some functions to a super PAC.”

NEW SUPER PAC.  WP.  “Donald Trump, the billionaire reality television star, may be the last person to need one, but a Florida man has a super PAC at the ready if Trump decides to run for president.”

JUNIOR’S SUPER PAC.  JPUpdates.  “The 29-year-old son of the liberal Soros has helped establish ‘Bend the Arc’ PAC, aimed at backing progressive candidates by making direct contributions to their campaign committees.”

CFR… LATER.  WP (E. Rogers).   “In the meantime, now would be a good time for the bipartisan congressional leadership and the leaders of both national party committees to come up with a consensus plan for campaign finance reform to be introduced in early 2017.”

MT:  UPDATE.  GFT.  ” Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl will need his confirmation blasted to the Senate floor and then a majority vote to stay in the job he’s held since 2013.”

PA:  CITY CFR.  “The Philadelphia Board of Ethics is asking City Council and the Nutter administration to require local political candidates and committees to report their campaign finances more frequently than the current mandate.”

TN:  CONSIDERING BITCOIN.  Coindesk.  “A bill to allow political donations denominated in bitcoin has passed in the Tennessee legislature.”


4-21 pol. law links

DISCOVERING PROBLEM.  Atlantic.  “If the movement isn’t quite a victim of its own success, it now faces some disarray bred by winning so quickly and completely. Having triumphed, conservatives aren’t unified on where to go next.”

NRA DONATIONS ISSUES.  Yahoo.  “The NRA can’t claim to be raising money for the corporation — to finance such things as its lobbying or research initiatives — and then deposit that money into the account of its PAC.”

BEHIND HRC CFR PUSH.   Bloomberg.  “Why has Hillary Clinton taken up campaign-finance reform as a big issue in her presidential campaign?”

DEFENSE ON CHARGES.  Fresno Bee.  “Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissed swirling questions about her family foundation Monday as little more than political attacks from Republicans eager to gain an early advantage in the 2016 presidential contest.”

SINGLE DONOR SUPER PACS.  HP.  “A growing number of political committees known as super PACs have become instruments of single donors, according to a ProPublica analysis of federal records.”

IL:  SUPER PAC HELP.   CT.  “Two former campaign aides to Gov. Bruce Rauner have formed a new political fund to help the governor push his agenda at the Capitol, the latest effort to give the Republican leverage as his plans face resistance from the Democrat-controlled legislature.”

KY:  ETHICS MOVES.  KY.  “John R. Steffen, head of the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, is leaving the post in mid-May to become head of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.”

MT:  MOTL HEARING.  IR.  “The committee will hear Senate Resolution 53, by Senate Minority Leader Jon Sesso, D-Butte.”

TX:  ETHICS UNIT MOVE.  My SA.  “House lawmakers on Monday approved legislation to create the equivalent of a carve out for statewide politicians and office holders to avoid being prosecuted by the ethics watchdog unit created specifically to investigate political malfeasance.”

VT:  ACCUSATIONS.  WPTZ.  “Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell is rejecting a request that he appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations that he has violated Vermont’s campaign finance laws.”


Mon. pol. law links

COOL TO REFORM.  Concord Monitor.  “Campaign finance reform advocates calling themselves the New Hampshire Rebellion were first snubbed then outright booted from the Republican summit in Nashua this weekend.”

CFR AN ISSUE?  WP.  “Turning disgust with billionaire super PAC benefactors into a platform that moves voters has been an elusive goal for activists seeking to curb the massive sums sloshing through campaigns.”

NEW FRONTIER.  WBUR.  “Last May the Federal Elections Commission ruled that a super PAC could accept Bitcoins as donations, with a ‘voluntary’ limit of $100 (the same limits placed on cash contributions to individual candidates in federal elections). But the campaigns must rely on the donors themselves to offer identifying information and affirm, for example, that they are not foreign nationals, whose contributions in any amount would be illegal.”

AR:  LAW VEXES.  Ark. Online.  “Act 1280, passed by the Arkansas Legislature this year and signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, gives a grace period to any lawmaker or other state elected official who unintentionally accepts a prohibited gift from a lobbyist and returns it within 30 days of learning that it is barred by law.”

FL:  TRAVEL ISSUE.  TBO.  “Without any debate, members of the state ethics commission on Friday agreed that former U.S. Rep. David Rivera should pay $57,821.96 for improperly accepting state money for travel when he served as a state representative.”

KS:  FACING SENTENCING.  WT.  “A former Kansas legislator is due to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities in a federal case that highlights the state’s lax state campaign finance laws.

NJ:  CANDIDATES RAISING.  Press of AC.  “If you’re running in the 2nd Legislative District, which represents most of Atlantic County and has Democrat and Republican incumbents, you’ll need a lot of money. In 2013, the Democrats, who won an Assembly race and a Senate race, spent more than $2.2 million. The Republicans, who won the other Assembly seat, spent just less than $1 million.”

NY:  SPLIT ON LLCS.  BN.  “The ‘LLC loophole’ easily escaped another threat this week. As a result, huge campaign donations may continue to flow freely from limited liability companies to New York politicians.”

VA:  ETHICS BILL PASSES. RTD.  “State lawmakers returned to Richmond on Friday and put the finishing touches on a new ethics reform package that includes an aggregate $100 annual cap on gifts.”