Thurs. political law links

GIVING RATE.  “Using campaign contributions data from the Center for Responsive Politics, we ranked the top ten places among the U.S.’s 50 largest metropolitan areas according to per capita contribution rates.”

SUPER PAC WAR.  Daily Beast.  “The folks at Stop Hillary are chafed that Ready for Hillary, in a flurry of networking and buck-raking, has rented the mailing list of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.”

SUPER PACS IN KY.  HuffPo.  “We Are Kentucky, a super PAC formed to support the Senate candidacy of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), raised $260,500 in its first six months of operation, according to a report filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.”

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION MEETING.  The agenda for today’s meeting is here.

CA:  COUNTY REFORMS.  “San Bernardino County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions to its campaign finance reform ordinance, two years after it was established to combat corruption.”

KY:  STATE SUPER PAC LAUNCH.  “A newly-formed Super PAC will target Kentucky House races this fall in an effort to win a GOP majority in that chamber.”

MT:  ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CANDIDATES.  “Two more legislative candidates illegally coordinated with a secretive conservative group, the state commissioner of political practices said Thursday, bringing the total to five candidates accused of campaign violations in the 2010 Montana elections.”  Over the last few weeks I’ve missed a number of interesting developments in Montana.  Going forward I’ll link to all of the reports I find.

MT:  REMOVE OFFICEHOLDER?  Independent Record.  “State Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville, should be removed from office or fined for accepting illegal campaign help from secretive conservative groups, the state political practices commissioner said in court filings Friday.”

MT:  MORE ACCUSED.  Frontline.  “At least nine candidates for state office in Montana may have coordinated illegally with a dark-money group ahead of the 2010 elections, according to the commissioner responsible for investigating political practices in the state.”

MT:  SEEKING HONESTY.  Independent Record.  “Smack ‘em with a shovel and stop wasting the state’s time.”

OH:  DEWINE ALLEGATIONS.  Dayton Daily News.  “In the three years since winning a close race for attorney general, Mike DeWine and his political team have been raising hundreds of thousands of dollars – often from lawyers who want state business — and then using that campaign cash to pay off a $2 million personal loan that DeWine made to his committee in 2010 and to build up a war chest for his 2014 re-election bid.”  More at

WA:  TOUGHER DISCLOSURE URGED.  Olympian.  “Lawmakers should take more aggressive action this year by forcing disclosure of the biggest campaign donors, whose secret money seems to be playing a more frequent role in state elections.”

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

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