Wednesday’s political law links, 6-12-13

RENZI CONVICTED. Politico. “A federal jury on Tuesday convicted former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi on more than a half dozen corruption charges accusing him of using his office for personal financial gain and looting a family insurance business to help pay for his 2002 campaign.”

CA: FORMER CANDIDATES FINED. LA Times. “Two former state lawmakers have agreed to pay fines for violating campaign finance rules, according to documents released Monday by the state Fair Political Practices Commission.”

CT: RELL CHIDES. Story here. “Former Gov. M. Jodi Rell is criticizing legislative Democrats and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for undoing many of the changes to campaign finance she signed into law in 2005.”

NY: BILL WOULD LIMIT PARTIES. Story here. “A bill proposed today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix New York’s lax campaign finance laws would turn the $518,000 Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver spent on Al Stirpe’s last campaign for Assembly into just $5,000 in future campaigns.”

PA: LOBBYIST FEE HIKE. Story here. “State officials are proposing to have lobbyists completely underwrite the cost of the program that regulates them through a major hike in their registration fees.”

PA: UNIONS NOT FOLLOWING RULE. Story here. “Despite a contract requiring unions representing Pennsylvania state workers to reimburse the state for deducting voluntary contributions to political action committees, no such payments have been made, according to a sworn affidavit obtained by the Tribune-Review.”

UK: NEW SCANDAL. Story here. “A lobbying scandal that has tarnished the reputation of Britain’s parliament widened on Sunday after a newspaper secretly filmed a senior lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron’s party making what is said were improper remarks.”


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