Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 10-15-13

TRIAL SET.  Story here.  “Benjamin Suarez, the owner of a North Canton direct-marketing firm indicted last month on charges of conspiring to funnel more than $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions to two Ohio candidates, won’t stand trial in a federal courtroom until June 2014 at the earliest.”

SHUTDOWN ETHICS.  Here.  “The DOE guidance says that taking a position in a coffee shop, book store or department store is fine, as is teaching yoga or Crossfit or engaging in some ‘creative fiction writing.’ Consulting for an oil company or other business that might deal with the Department of Energy, however, ‘would normally present a potential conflict of interest.'”

MI:  LOAN HANDLING.  Story here.  “State election officials are investigating the way Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon’s gubernatorial campaign handled a $130,000 loan it received in 2010, according to state records.”

VA:  LIBERIAN CONNECTIONS.  The Post.  “The largest in-state corporate donation to Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign was made by a Vienna-based company whose low profile belies its influence on global trade: It runs Liberia’s shipping registry, overseeing nearly 13 percent of the world’s commercial fleet.”

VA:  DISCLOSURE ISSUE.  Story here.  “Gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe did not publicly disclose his investment with a Rhode Island man who preyed on dying people in forms filed with the state four years ago.”

VA:  STAR SCIENTIFIC UPDATE.  Here.  “A wealthy political donor has told federal prosecutors that he believed that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was helping his company get state research funding at the same time the executive was providing McDonnell’s family with gifts and money, according to two people familiar with the donor’s account.”

CA: FINE FOR ACTIVITY.  Here.  “A group of local Democratic political consultants behind dozens of robocalls and a flier that aimed to keep Carl DeMaio from being elected mayor in 2012 has been fined thousands of dollars by the San Diego Ethics Commission for violating city election laws.”

GA:  INVESTIGATION UPDATE.  Here.  “Channel 2 Action News has learned a state ethics scandal with alleged ties to Gov. Nathan Deal’s office is now under federal investigation.”


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