Today’s political law links

PRAISE FOR PROSECUTION.  The Post.  “There are important lessons for the whole country in the California case, which resulted in a record $500,000 civil fine imposed on each of the two groups involved.”

VH HEARING TODAY. The hearing in Van Hollen will be in Courtroom 3, 2nd fl. at 10 a.m.

RENZI SENTENCED. Politico. “A federal judge on Monday sentenced former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi to three years in prison for convictions on public corruption, money laundering and other charges.”

DONATIONS DISCLOSED.  HuffPo.  “The report listed 24 corporations that voluntarily disclosed their 2012 contributions to the Chamber of Commerce on their own websites.”

E-FILING ANYONE?  Here.  “The U.S. Senate’s old-fashioned campaign finance rules make the already complicated job of tracking donations more difficult.”

GOING GLOBAL. The Hill. “Patton Boggs is reportedly in the early stages of merger talks with the Dallas-based law firm Locke Lord, a move that could take the powerhouse firm to new heights.”

CA:  DOG WALKING ISSUE.  Here.  “A Humane Society lobbyist is coming under scrutiny for her close relationship with a member of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s inner circle: his dog Sutter.”

FL:  RESTAURANT VISITS REPORTED.  Here.  “A copy of Miami City Commission candidate Richard P. Dunn II’s most recent campaign finance report shows an unusually high number of visits to restaurants, and a particular fondness for fast food, seafood and barbecue.”

LA:  ETHICS APPOINTEE.  Congratulations!  “The governor’s office said Friday that William J. Larzelere Jr. will represent the 1st Congressional District on the board, which administers and enforces conflicts of interest legislation, campaign finance disclosure requirements and lobbyist registration.”

NH:  PERSONAL GAIN ALLEGED.  Here.  “New Hampshire’s Legislative Ethics Committee voted Monday to investigate a complaint that former Senate President Peter Bragdon used his public office for personal gain.”

NY:  INVESTIGATION REQUESTED.  Here.  “GOP chairman Ed Cox says state ethics laws require government officials to tell their supervisor when they apply for a private sector job.”

NY:  UNION DONATIONS HIGHLIGHTED.  NY Post.  “Bill de Blasio is taking advantage of a campaign-finance loophole — which he helped establish as a City Council member — that allows unions not representing municipal workers to contribute without limit.”

SC:  HALEY AND ETHICS LAW.  Here.  “According to an October 4 agreement between Haley’s office, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the S.C. State Ethics Commission (SCSEC) – the governor’s campaign organization will no longer reimburse taxpayers for transportation and security costs.”


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