Fri. political law links

PROPOSED RULES UNDER FIRE.  WP.  “Conservatives call it a scheme to silence President Obama’s critics. Liberals complain the administration risks trampling on the First Amendment.”

DOCUMENT SOUGHT.  MainJustice.  Kevin Ring “is fighting for the public release of a presentation by federal prosecutors said to emphasize the steep penalties he was threatened with if he chose to go to trial rather than plead guilty.”

I WAS A SUPER PAC SUGAR DADDY.  NJ.  “Two years before any primary votes will be cast and long before any official campaign launches, Cruz, Paul, and others are already crisscrossing the country to win the hearts and wallets of the wealthiest Americans.”

SUPER PACS ARISE.  Roll Call.  “Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.”

MT:  YESTERDAY’S LINK.  I accidentally left out the link to yesterday’s Montana editorial.  It was from The Flathead Beacon and here it is.

NV:  VAGUE LAW AND SPENDING.  Las Vegas Sun.  “Although annual campaign contribution and expenditure documents filed last month show that legislators spent most of their money on consultants, paid staffers, advertising and office expenses, legislators also collectively listed about $149,000 in bills that could raise eyebrows — from dry cleaners, grocers, electronics stores, clothing stores and restaurants, according to a Sun analysis of campaign reports.”

NM:  BILL TABLED.  Santa Fe New Mexican.  “The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday blocked a bill to prohibit former  legislators, former cabinet secretaries and former public regulation commissioners from becoming lobbyists for at least two years after leaving office.”

PA:  DONATION RETURNED.  The Morning Call.  “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty will return a $36,400 contribution from a political action committee whose principal donor is Joe Hardy III, the 84 Lumber CEO and a co-owner of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a Fayette County retreat with a casino.”

TX:  COMPLAINT PARTIALLY ACCEPTED.  The Monitor.  “The Texas Ethics Commission partially accepted a complaint against Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño on Thursday.”

VT:  BEN, JERRY, AND CFR.  HuffPo.  “Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Ben Cohen sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday, expressing how perplexed he was by Vermont’s recent campaign finance bill.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.  I’ll send around the next set of links on Tuesday.

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