Good morning, here are Monday’s political law links, 6-3-13

DANIELCZYK SENTENCED. Story here. “A northern Virginia businessman was sentenced Friday to more than two years in prison for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 to Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns in 2006 and 2008.” The Department of Justice’s press release is here.

TWITTER FUNDRAISING. C&E. “Social media is a fantastic tool for engaging and building a relationship with your supporters. Its importance is in a constant state of evolution but I have yet to see any social fundraising initiative dependent on traditional social media make a significant fundraising impact on a campaign.”

ABSENTEE BALLOT SCHEME ALLEGED. Miami Herald. “Congressman Joe Garcia’s chief of staff abruptly resigned Friday after being implicated in a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.”

VOTER FRAUD EMERGES. Heritage. “On Monday, John C. Moretina pleaded guilty to a federal felony count of voter fraud in the August 2010 Democratic primary in Missouri’s 40th legislative district. Moretina falsely claimed he was living in the 40th district just so he could vote in the primary. This is a Democratic district where the winner of the primary, John J. Rizzo, was highly likely to become the district representative in the state house and, in fact, was elected. But Rizzo beat his Democratic opponent, Will Royster, by only one vote: 664 to 663.”

CHAMBER OVERVIEW. The Times. “Over the last 16 years, Mr. Donohue has used his considerable talent for fund-raising to build the once-struggling chamber into a free-enterprise research outfit, Supreme Court advocacy group and lobbying powerhouse.”

CA: STUDENT SUPPORT. Here. “A group of college students at San Francisco State University found their classroom transformed into a campaign headquarters recently when their professor asked them to design a political campaign ad, with the option of designing it for his potential mayoral run.”

CT: CFR ROLL BACK. Story here. “State parties will be able to funnel unlimited sums into campaigns of candidates that accept public financing under a Democratic bill that the House approved early Saturday morning.”

SC: FORD RESIGNS. Story here. “State Sen. Robert Ford now faces a state criminal investigation, following a Senate ethics probe that led to his resignation Friday.”

UK: THE MERCER AFFAIR. Guardian. “Two decades have passed since the original cash-for-questions affair and one thing that some MPs have still not absorbed is this: if someone claiming to represent a dodgy cause or an unsavoury regime invites an honourable member to trouser lots of dosh and then asks them to lobby on their behalf in Parliament, then there is a fairly high probability that this gift horse is an undercover reporter conducting a sting operation.”


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