Political law links

MAYDAY COMPLAINT.  CCP.  “The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Mayday PAC, the self-proclaimed ‘SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs,’ founded by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig.”

D TWITTER PIONEERS. HuffPo. “In 2012, the Democratic Party shared information about advertising buys through a seemingly unconnected Twitter account called AdBuyDetails. This account, which posted tweets from Aug. 31 until Oct. 23, 2012, sent out data on ad buys made by Democratic House candidates in tight races across the country.”

RIA POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION RULE.  Lexology.  “The Political Contribution Rule was first proposed in 2009, in the wake of the scintillating tales arising out of the unquestioned abuse of position by certain politicians at the pension plans for New York, California, Illinois and New Mexico, to name a few. The Political Contribution Rule was adopted in 2010 (and went effective in 2011) and has found its place into the compliance programs of RIAs across the US.”

FIRM LAUNCH.   The Hill.  “A trio of former Republican leadership aides is heading to K Street, seeking to capitalize on the GOP’s recent gains in Congress with a new lobbying venture.”

CA:  EMAIL ISSUES.  NBC.  “The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 in favor of the penalty, which stems from recently released emails that show a PG&E executive and CPUC officials discussing which judge to appoint to a case over gas rates.”

CA:  LOBBYIST FINED.  LAT.  “A state ethics panel voted Thursday to impose $5,000 in fines on Capitol lobbyist and campaign consultant Richie Ross for putting two legislators under personal obligation to him by not collecting campaign consulting fees they owed.”

FL:  REFUNDS TO BE MADE.  Jacksonville.com.  “Mayor Alvin Brown’s campaign said Thursday it will return money it received from a September fundraiser in New York headlined by Bill Cosby, who has recently come under intense national scrutiny following the resurgence sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old comic.”

ME:  COMMISSION SEEKS MORE.  BDN Maine.  “The state agency tasked with monitoring and enforcing the state’s campaign finance and lobbying laws is looking for additional funding to increase transparency about the money spent in Maine politics.”

VA:  ETHICS BOARD MOVES.  WP.  “Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s government integrity commission agreed Friday to preliminary recommendations that would limit the value of gifts lawmakers could receive but would also walk back disclosure rules.”

WA:  REVOLVING DOOR.  KUOW.   “[U]nlike Oregon and 31 other states, Washington state does not require a waiting or ‘cooling off’ period to slow the revolving door. You can leave state service on a Friday and start lobbying on a Monday.”


Political law links

NEW SUPER PAC. Examiner. “Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring the creation of a super PAC dedicated to supporting Senate Republicans on the 2016 ballot, sources tell the Washington Examiner.”

PRINCETON CRUZ SUPER PAC CONNECTION. Daily Princetonian. “A new super PAC called ‘Stand For Principle’ was formed three days after the midterm elections to support a potential presidential bid by Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 with the support of his close friend and former University roommate David Panton ’92.”

GETTING READY. Yahoo! “Ready for Hillary, the super-PAC that launched in late 2012 to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, is coming to an end, Politico reports.”

FINRA RULE LIKELY. National Law Review. “If the SEC already has a rule, why is FINRA proposing one, and why now? In short, because if it does not adopt a rule that satisfies the SEC, its members may not be allowed to be hired by investment advisers to solicit government business.”

AK: SUBPOENA POSSIBLE FOR GROUP. Alaskapublic.org. “The commission heard testimony that will help them decide to pursue a subpoena for information on whether Egbe violated state rules by using money collected by her business, Alaska Cannabis Club, to support Proposition 2 in this year’s election.”

AZ:  SETTLEMENT.  AZCentral.com.  “The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission has reached an agreement with Attorney General Tom Horne to close its investigation into claims Horne used state staff to run his failed re-election campaign.”

MO:  SELF-REGULATION.  St. Louis Public Radio.  “To repair his reputation, Missouri Attorney Chris Koster has announced self-imposed guidelines on what campaign donations he will accept as he runs his office while also running for governor in 2016.”

NJ:  EXCESSIVES ALLEGED.  Northjersey.com.  “A company that recently opened a new office building in South Paterson made donations to Councilman Andre Sayegh’s unsuccessful mayoral campaign this year that exceeded state-imposed limits.”


Political law links

FINRA SEEKS COMMENT.  Thinkadvisor.com.  “The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is requesting public comment on its proposal to establish pay-to-play type rules for broker-dealers that closely mirror those the Securities and Exchange Commission has set forth for advisors.”

GRAY REJECTED PLEA.  Fox.  “Outgoing District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray rejected a proposed plea bargain offered by federal prosecutors investigating financial irregularity in his 2010 mayoral campaign, according to a published report.”

STILL RAISING.  NJ.com.  “Two weeks after winning re-election with nearly 56 percent of the vote and six years from his next election, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is back on the fundraising circuit.”

FRESH VIEWS ON CFR. APP.com. “Whether the solution is Christie’s idea to remove limits on contributions from any source as long as the information is publicly disclosed within 24 hours is debatable. That does not, however, invalidate his larger point: namely, that the system is unworkable, should be scrapped and replaced by a process that recognizes that immediate full disclosure is the most effective method of holding candidates and political parties accountable for soliciting and accepting contributions from any source.”

DA MYTH V. FACT. WFB. “DA-backed groups supported a constitutional amendment proposed this year that also explicitly aimed to advance Democratic policies by kneecapping the party’s political opposition.”

IL:  PAY TO PLAY ALLEGATIONS.  Bond Buyer.  “Several Chicago City Council members are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission and city inspector general to investigate whether campaign contributions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from executives at firms with city pension business violate local ethics or federal pay-to-play rules.”

MS:  JUSTICE AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT.  Volokh.  “The Institute for Justice represents a man named Justice in Justice v. Hosemann.”

NY:  CHARGES FILED.  NYP.  “Two political operatives charged with campaign-finance crimes were cheered in court Monday by their Working Families Party allies.”

OH:  $150  FINE.  Cleveland.com.  “New Cuyahoga County councilman Anthony Hairston failed to comply with two deadlines for filing campaign finance disclosures this year, resulting in a $150 fine from the Ohio Elections Commission.”

OH:  VOTE DELAYED.  Ohio.com.  “After several residents raised objections, Akron City Council delayed a vote Monday on increasing campaign finance limits for next year’s council and mayoral elections.”