Mon. political law links, 6-9-14

VIEW ON CFR.  Clarion-Ledger.  “Citizens have every right to worry about the corrupting influence of money in politics. The proper response to that impulse is to aggressively prosecute instances of official corruption — not to give incumbent lawmakers sweeping new powers to regulate their competitors.”

SENATE TO CURTAIL.  Breitbart.  “Reacting to a series of recent Supreme Court decisions striking down provisions of federal and state campaign finance laws as violations of the Constitution’s free speech guarantee, liberals are increasingly pushing for a constitutional amendment to remove the First Amendment obstacle to broad campaign finance reform.”

ANDREWS CASE EDITORIAL.  “The line separating personal use from legitimate campaign expenses must be more clearly defined.”

TARGET VAN HOLLEN.  HuffPo.  “Republican officials will soon file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that accuses him of illegally accepting pro bono legal services, a senior party officer tells the Center for Public Integrity.”

SON-IN-LAW SAYS.  “The third witness was called to the stand Thursday afternoon in the trial of Ben Suarez, a North Canton businessman accused of making illegal campaign contributions.”

REID SOLICITATION ISSUE.  “The Clark County Republican Party on Friday filed a complaint with federal election officials against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., for asking corporations to donate money to Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, a Democrat running for lieutenant governor.”

NAME OF ANOTHER ISSUE.  St. George News.  “Johnson said Swallow told him he was limited to individual campaign donations of $2,500. As amounts exceeding that violate campaign finance laws, the straw donor scheme was allegedly hatched between the two.”

LOBBYING REFORM LIKELY?  “The government relations association’s support of reforms may be a sign that the industry recognizes the gaps in the current system, but Congress will likely need more to prompt action.”

NY:  LIMIT DECISION HIT.  NYDN.  “A top New York watchdog group says the state Board of Elections blew it when it decided to stop enforcing certain limits on political giving — but figures the immediate impact won’t amount to much.”


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