7.29 political law links

STEALTH LOBBYISTS BEWARE.  Holland and Knight (C. DeLacy).  “The recently released 2014 first quarter report of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) disclosed that one ‘entity’ had been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for ‘failure to register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.'”

SUPER PAC CAMPAIGNS.  WP.  “In fact, there is nothing in federal law that would prevent a super PAC or group of PACs from picking out a candidate and taking care of his or her entire campaign. And we’re starting to get a glimpse of what such a campaign might look like.”

KOCH TIES HIT.  The Hill.  “The Democratic Senate Majority PAC is tying Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) to Charles and David Koch in a new ad, the group’s latest attempt to get voters to distrust her campaign.”

INDEPENDENT SPENDING.  NYT.  “An explosion of spending on political advertising on television — set to break $2 billion in congressional races, with overall spots up nearly 70 percent since the 2010 midterm election — is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wresting control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.”

CA:  PAC CLOSED.  KQED.  “In a quiet ending to one of the most high-profile campaign money controversies in California history, the political action committee reprimanded for accepting $11 million from mystery donors in 2012 has closed its doors.”

MA:  SUPER PAC ADS.  Boston Globe.  “The super PAC backing state Treasurer Steve Grossman’s bid for governor released its first television commercial Monday, and it tells viewers that Attorney General Martha Coakley is the ‘wrong choice for governor.'”

MT:  GOING DIGITAL.  Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  “Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices said Thursday that his office has worked out the kinks in the electronic reporting of state candidate and committee finance reporting.

NY:  CUOMO DEFENDS.  NYT.  “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday defended his office’s dealings with a panel he appointed to root out public corruption, asserting that his aides offered only ‘advice’ to the commission meant to be helpful.”

VA:  JURY SEATED.  RTD.  “Judge James R. Spencer read the witness lists proffered by the prosecution and defense to see if any prospective jurors knew the witnesses, and had a potential connection that could make them ineligible to serve as one of the 12 jurors or four alternates chosen to decide the case.”

CAN:  CONTRIBUTIONS ISSUE.  CBC.ca.  “The documents show Vogelzang bought tickets to four Tory fundraisers — entire tables in some cases — and expensed the cost. The health region’s board chair, Jean Graham, personally approved some of the expense claims.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY.   A link to a Miami Herald story yesterday was broken.  It’s fixed here.

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