Wed. political law links

IRS HEARING. The Hill. “Senate Republicans halted a hearing with President Obama’s choice to lead the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday, raising new questions about whether the troubled agency will have a confirmed chief by year’s end.”

AETNA SUED. “Aetna made misleading proxy statements in 2012 and 2013 to get shareholders to reject resolutions demanding more information about the company’s political contributions, a shareholder claims in court.”

LOBBYIST BUNDLED CONTRIBUTIONS REPORTING. “The aim of these disclosure rules was to allow the public to see which lobbyists were influencing elected officials by raising large sums of money for their campaigns. But with lobbyists so easily able to dodge the threshold, it has yielded very little information or accountability.”

PUBLIC FINANCING V. HELPING SICK KIDS. Roll Call. “The ‘Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act,’ named after a 10-year-old girl who died in October following an 11-month battle with an inoperable brain tumor, would end $12.5 million in funding for party nominating conventions and authorize the money for pediatric research grants instead.”

CT: CONTRACTOR ISSUE. “In apparent violation of state election law that restricts contributions by state contractors, the CEO of the company that operates the XL Center and Rentschler Field recently gave $10,000 to the Democratic State Central Committee.”

MI: LIMIT UPDATE. “A controversial campaign finance bill approved last month by the Michigan Senate could see action in the state House on Tuesday as lawmakers look to wrap up the legislative year before leaving town for the holidays at the end of the week.”

NJ: RED BANK PAY TO PLAY UPDATE. Here. “The Borough Council has introduced legislation that would scale back Red Bank’s local pay-to-play laws and replace them with New Jersey state regulations.”

NY: CFR DEAL. Newsday. “Even though state legislators feel badly bruised by a recent report from a panel investigating political corruption, they and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo are likely on a path to reach an agreement on campaign-finance laws and other ethics changes in 2014, analysts say.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday.

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