Good morning, here are today’s political law links (10/1/12)


EC’S BACK. The Hill. “Some political non-profit groups that don’t disclose their donors are redirecting their spending in the wake of a decision that has shaken up campaign finance law.”

DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS? WSJ. “The main body of rules governing political donations is federal election law, a murky amalgamation of statutes that is interpreted and administered by the Federal Election Commission.”

STOCK ACT UPDATE. Here. “President Barack Obama signed into law Friday legislation delaying the implementation of controversial parts of the STOCK Act requiring the online posting of some federal employees’ financial disclosure information.”

PEOPLE’S PLEDGE UPDATE.  Boston Globe.  “The calls are not a violation of the pledge the two candidates signed in January. The ‘People’s Pledge’ penalizes the candidates if outside groups spend money on television, radio, or Internet ads on their behalf. But it does not limit outside mailings or phone calls, something Warren, a Democrat, and Senator Scott Brown, her Republican opponent, acknowledge.”

DC:  BROWN PATTERN ALLEGED.  The Post.  “In interviews, nearly a dozen people affiliated with the 2008 campaign voiced similar concerns: Brown was aloof, a poor manager and had trouble keeping his campaign finances in order.”

IA: CHARGES DROPPED. Story here. “Charges against two men accused of illegally funneling a $25,000 campaign contribution to former Gov. Chet Culver have been dropped.”

NY: SENTENCE IN LOBBYIST CASE. Story here. “Richard J. Lipsky, the prominent New York lobbyist who pleaded guilty in a political corruption case and had been secretly assisting federal investigators, was sentenced to three months in prison on Friday by a judge who said he deserved ‘substantial credit for his cooperation.'”


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