Wed. political law links

FREE SPEECH SEEKS SUPREME REVIEW. Casper Star Tribune. “A conservative Wyoming-based group hopes to battle the Federal Election Commission in the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to change federal election laws.”

BLOOMBERG GIVES. USAT. “Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to spread his wealth on politics, this time to help Democrats retain and expand their Senate ranks.”

GENACHOWSKI LANDS. CNN. “Julius Genachowski today began work as a managing director at private equity firm The Carlyle Group (CG), eight months after stepping down as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.”

DE: MORE DETAILS SOUGHT. DE NPR. “The chairman of Delaware’s Republican party wants the state attorney general to be more transparent about a recent investigation into campaign finance abuse.”

MN: DATA PROBLEMS. Star Trib. “The Minnesota campaign finance agency disclosed on Tuesday that it had found $26 million worth of data problems in its records late last year.”

VA: ETHICS DEAL FINE PRINT. RTD. “A proposed cap of $250 per item on gifts to lawmakers from lobbyists and others with business before the state depends on the kind of gift. And while the legislation would ban solicitation of gifts from lobbyists receiving some gifts would still be OK.”

VT: CONTRIBUTION DEAL. NPR. “Lawmakers have reached a deal that would raise campaign contribution limits to statewide political candidates and allow unlimited contributions from political parties to candidates.”

INDIA: PARTY FINANCES. NYT. “While Indian law only requires donations above 20,000 rupees to be made public, the Aam Aadmi Party lists the names of those who give as little as 100 rupees. Also, political parties need to submit their accounts only annually to the Election Commission, but the Aam Aadmi Party has already published their reports of donations on its website.”


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