Good morning, here are Monday’s political law links (11/19)

RING APPEAL UPDATE. The Post. “Federal appeals court judges reviewing the conviction of former lobbyist Kevin Ring in the Abramoff scandal questioned Thursday whether evidence of campaign contributions should have been allowed at his trial.”

ALITO ON CU. The Post. “Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is defending the court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case that helped fuel hundreds of millions of dollars of spending by independent groups in the just-concluded campaign season.”

POTTER’S PRESCRIPTION. The Post. “Don’t blame Citizens United for the worst excesses of this year’s election.”

FCPA GUIDANCE TAKEAWAYS. Corporate Counsel. “The new FCPA guidance reinforces what CCOs have long been saying: that all the bells and whistles of a compliance program are meaningless without strong leadership and oversight from an experienced CCO who is empowered to make difficult and often unpopular decisions, and keep the board informed via a direct, unfiltered reporting relationship.”

AR: COMPLAINT DISMISSED. Story here. “The state Ethics Commission on Friday unanimously dismissed a complaint against state Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, over Burris’ use of campaign funds to contribute to other candidates’ campaigns.”

CA: GO LORRIES FINE. Story here. “A case of election fraud from the 2011 campaign season was finally settled Wednesday, with managers of an airport shuttle company pleading guilty to skirting campaign contribution limits on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee.”

IL: BUYING ELECTIONS? “NOT SO MUCH.” Here. “So much for the fear and loathing over anonymous fat cats buying elections, at least this year.”

MD: CASINO MEASURE JACKPOT. The Post. “In a matter of weeks leading up to Election Day, a tight circle of Washington’s biggest media-buying firms with close ties to top Democrats and Republicans cashed in on the fight over whether to build a casino on the edge of the nation’s capital.”

VT: “WINNERS SPEND LESS?” Here. “The latest state campaign finance reports for candidates show that in some key races, large outlays of cash made little difference.”

NYC: FINE AND REPAYMENT ORDERED. Story here. “The city Campaign Finance Board on Thursday slammed former Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart with its strongest possible sanctions, sticking him with just under $61,000 in fines and ordering him to pay back the nearly $137,000 in public funds he got for his failed 2009 campaign.”


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