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.  Fredricksburg.com.  “The ethics advisory council came out of the General Assembly’s ethics reform package approved in the legislature earlier this year.”


6-5 political law links

SNAPCHAT 16.  WP.  “Presidential candidates Rand Paul, Martin O’Malley and Marco Rubio are regular users. Hillary Clinton’s campaign hasn’t yet joined in, but House Republicans have their own account.”

CONVENTION RULES FOCUS.  MJ.  “To date, the Democratic National Committee hasn’t had a single donor contribute the maximum amount of $334,000 or even crack six figures. But five major GOP donors have maxed out in donations to the RNC, and more than a dozen others have ponied up at least six figures.”

DOJ AND NEW CLIMATE.  Reuters.  “White House hopefuls raking in record amounts of money in the 2016 U.S. presidential race are already being accused by watchdog groups of breaking campaign fundraising laws.”

SUPER PAC LAUNCH.  TT.  “A super PAC supporting Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is wasting no time going on the air in early-voting Iowa, launching the first major ad buy of its kind for the primary season.”

PAC SHUTDOWN.  Politico.  “Dick Morris has shut down his eponymous super PAC aimed at keeping Hillary Clinton from winning the presidency.”

CT:  OVERHAUL REJECTED.  Courant.  “On a party line vote Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled state Senate rejected a proposal that would have limited wealthy donors’ ability to inject money into publicly-funded campaigns.”

MA:  LAW SEMINAR.  Masslive.  “Candidates for municipal office and the public are invited to attend an informational seminar regarding campaign finance reporting on Monday, June 8, at the Springfield Central Library.”


6-4 political law links

CALL FOR VOTING CHANGES.  WP.  “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to call for an early voting period of at least 20 days in every state.”

SUPER PAC HAUL.  CNN.  “Three of the top ten conservative donors in the last presidential election are giving to the super PACs supporting Ted Cruz that now claim to have raised more than $37 million to support his bid, a shocking haul and donor list for such a populist Republican candidate amid a crowded 2016 field.”

NJ:  COMPLAINT FILED.  NJ.com.  “New Jersey’s campaign finance watchdog agency has filed a complaint against former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono for allegedly illegally using her state Senate campaign account to aid her gubernatorial campaign.”

OR:  STUDY LIMITS.  GLPDX.  “The Ninth Circuit ruled on May 26 that states can cap political donors’ campaign contributions only if they can show that those limits are preventing corruption or the appearance of corruption. The court’s decision involved Montana’s campaign contribution limits. The Ninth Circuit covers nine western states, including Oregon, Washington, and California.”

WA:  WHAT BILL WOULD DO.  CC.  “If passed, Seattle voters would receive four $25 vouchers apiece to give to the candidate or candidates of their choice.”