Wed. 5.7.14 political law links

TOMORROW AT THE FEC.  The agenda for tomorrow’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

EX CHARGED.  NYDN.  “Michael Grimm’s former girlfriend was arraigned Monday on charges she violated federal campaign laws — but her lawyer said she didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.”

CA:  BILL MOVES.  LAT.  “The Assembly approved legislation seeking to shed light on political money Monday, breathing new life into a bill that had previously stumbled in the state Senate.”

ME:  PUSH FOR REFORM.  “A Maine group working to limit the influence of money in politics on Tuesday rolled out a new proposal to strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act by providing more money to publicly financed candidates, requiring interest groups to disclose sources of funding on campaign ads and increasing penalties for election law violations.”

MI:  WHAT DID ATTORNEY KNOW?”The attorney at the center of Meijer’s high-profile Northern Michigan campaign scandal said he didn’t realize his client violated state election laws until he read a front-page story on Christmas Day 2007.”

MT:  SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE HIT FOR STEALTH CAMPAIGN.  KRTV.  “School Board candidate Cyndi Baker is at the center of an investigation by the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

VA:  MCCUTCHEON AND MCDONNELL.  Star Tribune.  “The Supreme Court’s determination that many limits on big-money political contributions violate constitutional free-speech rights have undermined the federal government’s case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his lawyers argued in court filings Monday.”

WI:  STATE AND BITCOIN.  “Though people in the GAB have voiced suggestions for Bitcoin donations to be treated as in-kind donations, echoing the current status quo on handling Bitcoin donations around the country, the official word in Wisconsin that is being handed down to all candidates is still this: No Bitcoin donations.”

INDIA:  CAMPAIGN FINANCE IN THE NEWS.  Economist.  “Wave or not, there has been an immense sloshing to and fro: picture the elections as a dark sea of liquid assets, mostly undocumented cash (and a lot of liquor too), overspilling the dykes that were meant to keep it in check.”


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