Good morning, here are Thursday’s political law links (10/25)

MORAN’S SON RESIGNS AFTER VIDEO. Story here. “The field director for Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran – his son Patrick Moran – has resigned after being secretly recorded seemingly advising an conservative journalist masquerading as a supporter that utility bills could be used to aid in voter fraud.”

HLOGA POLL. Politico. “Most lobbyists believe the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act makes it harder for them to interact with staffers on Capitol Hill and is damaging elected officials’ ability to get informed on legislative issues, according to a new survey of hundreds of professional federal lobbyists.”

CA: FPPC TO SUE? Story here. “The legal action could become a test of a new state regulation requiring nonprofits to disclose the identity of their donors if they know the money is going to be used in a California campaign.” A decision may be made today, according to this update.

FL: CONFUSING LETTERS RECEIVED. Story here. “Officials on Monday said voters who had received the letters thus far are white, registered Republicans who consistently vote in elections.”

FL: STATE CHARGES. Story here. “Investigators with the Florida Commission on Ethics found that Rivera’s secret deal to work as a political consultant for the Magic City Casino — formerly the Flagler Dog Track — created a conflict of interest for the lawmaker. The ethics panel also found that the Republican broke state ethics laws by failing to fully disclose his finances from 2005 to 2009.”

FL: FEC DISMISSES. Story here. “The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed two complaints filed against former Florida House member Keith Fitzgerald, a Democrat who is now running for a congressional seat.”

IL: UPDATE ON LIMITS. Story here. “A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that an Illinois law limiting contributions to political campaigns can remain in force at least until the November 6 election.”

NYC: FRAUD CHARGED. Story here. “A Queens politician was charged Wednesday with fraud in connection with his unsuccessful run for the City Council two years ago and obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening people who cooperated with the investigation.”


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