Today’s political law links


SENATE HEARING REPORT.  KALW.  “A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.”

SUPER PAC LIGHT.  Jackson Free Press.  “Federal law requires that money spent on such election communications is an independent expenditure that must be filed with the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours when disseminated 20 days before an election and amounting to more than $1,000.”

NEW STATE EFFORT.  Politico.  “Compared to groups like the RSLC, the new super PAC will have almost no overhead costs – which is part of the group’s pitch to donors…”

TRIBE SUPPORTS.  ADN.  “The San Pablo Lytton Casino near Oakland, owned by the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, gave $25,000 to the pro-Begich Put Alaska First PAC in April, according to federal filings published last week.”

AZ:  HUSK AND THE BAR.  “The State Bar of Arizona has dismissed an investigation into attorney Gary Husk’s role in the Fiesta Bowl scandal, but a separate inquiry remains open regarding his misdemeanor criminal conviction.”

IL:  PRO-RAHM PAC RAISES.  Sun Times.  “With $8.3 million and counting in his main political fund and no high-profile opponent yet in the race, the last thing Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs is more money.”

NJ:  PARTY SETTTLES.  “The Burlington County Democratic Committee has paid nearly $3,000 to settle a campaign-finance reporting complaint that alleged a variety of violations in 2009, when its former leaders were linked to a North Jersey official targeted in a corruption sting.”

NY:  CUOMO AND ETHICS.  NYT.  “While the governor now maintains he had every right to monitor and direct the work of a commission he had created, many commissioners and investigators saw the demands as politically motivated interference that hamstrung an undertaking that the governor had publicly vowed would be independent.”

TX:  FINE FOR NOT REGISTERING.  Houston Chronicle.  “The Texas Ethics Commission on Monday leveled a $10,000 fine against Empower Texans President Michael Quinn Sullivan for failing to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011, ending a two-year probe into one of the state’s most influential conservative activists.”


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