Good morning, Mon. political law links

GRIMM REPORT.  CSM.  “US Rep. Michael Grimm, a New York Republican and former FBI agent who came to Congress on the tea party wave of 2010, is facing indictment on political corruption charges involving his campaign financing.”

GRIMM REPORT II. WP. “The charges stem from his ownership of a Manhattan health-food restaurant that has ties to an Israeli fundraiser who served as a liaison between Grimm and a mystic, celebrity rabbi whose followers donated more than $500,000 to Grimm’s campaign in 2010.”

ETHICS COMM.  UPDATE.  Roll Call.  “Rep. Steve Stockman, who has faced a number of questions surrounding his financial disclosures and campaign finances is, according to the Houston Chronicle, the member at the heart of a new investigation from the House Ethics Committee.”

CA:  COMPLAINT FILED.  LAT.  “The duel between Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari has spawned a campaign finance complaint.”

CA:  ETHICS ABCS.  LA Daily News.  “The arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee on money laundering and gunrunning charges was the cherry on top of a sundae made of sordid Sacramento scandals starting with Sen. Roderick Wright, convicted of election fraud and perjury. Sandwiched in between Yee and Wright is state Sen. Ron Calderon who is awaiting trial on bribery and a host of other charges. All three continue to cash paychecks as state senators.”

MD:  ONLINE SYSTEM, IN-PERSON SIGN UP.  Baltimore Sun.  “Want to see what gifts Baltimore’s elected officials and government workers have received? You can check out the details online, but you first have to make a stop at City Hall to sign up.”

MO:  DEBATING GIFTS.  St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  “A bill approved by the House Rules Committee on Thursday would set a cap on the unlimited gifts, meals and ballgame tickets that legislators currently receive from lobbyists.”

MO:  REVOLVING DOOR $100K FINE.  “A former director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has been fined $100,000 for violating the ethics act for state employees.”

NJ:  WAWA GIVES.  “As the Pennsylvania-based Wawa expands its footprint into North Jersey after dominating the southern half of the state for decades, it has also expanded its campaign giving.”

TX:  DISCLOSURES AMENDED.  Texas Tribine.  “Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, has amended nine of his personal financial statements to correct omissions in his disclosures, all of them related to his service on nonprofit boards, newly obtained filings show.”


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