Today’s political law links, 4/16/13

MONEY MOVES. Roll Call. “Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) reported his campaign committee gave $400,000 on March 27th to the Allen West Foundation.”

MCCONNELL NUMBERS. Here. “U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s latest financial report to the Federal Election Commission shows he now has raised nearly $13 million for his re-election campaign, including more than $1.8 million since January.”

MACK IV MOVES. Story here. “Connie Mack IV, who lost a bid for U.S. Senate in November, is following his father to Liberty Partners, the lobbying firm.”

HI: SUPER PAC DISCLOSURE. Story here. “Super PACs that can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections would have to disclose the names of top donors in advertisements under a bill before the state Legislature.”

MD: PRAISE FOR CFR. Here. “Little noticed by the general public amid all the clamor of the legislative session’s final day last Monday, lawmakers finally hammered out a campaign finance reform bill that advocates say is among the strongest the General Assembly has ever passed. It closes (mostly) some of the most egregious loopholes in the state’s campaign finance laws while also laying the possible groundwork for public financing of campaigns.”

MO: TIME SHORT. Story here. “Campaign finance and ethics reform have taken a secondary position at the Capitol, where much of the focus has been on economic development, taxes and the state’s Medicaid health-care program for the poor. Lawmakers have about a month left before their mandatory adjournment.”

NJ: ELEC PRIORITIES. Story here. “The list of eight ‘priority recommendations’ includes a combination of new rules, expansion of existing rules and the closure of loopholes in existing state campaign finance law. The list was included as part of the agency’s annual report.”

NY: OFA REGISTERS. Story here. “Organizing for Action, which has pledged not to take money from lobbyists and says on their website that they will not engage in lobbying, has registered as a lobbying group in New York state, according to public records.”

NYC: LIU ASSOCIATES TRIAL. Story here. “The trial of two former associates of a candidate seeking to become New York City’s first Asian-American mayor began Monday with jury selection in federal court in Manhattan.”


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