11-13 political law links

CASES TO WATCH. Politico. “At least a half-dozen major campaign-finance cases winding their way through the courts have the potential to shake up the political landscape in the vein of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling — or the more recent McCutcheon decision — forcing major changes in the way campaigns are financed and run.”

DA PLAN. WFB. ”A secretive club of wealthy liberal donors met this week to plan the disbursement of tens of millions of dollars into state political campaigns and to discuss how they can circumvent legal restrictions on political coordination to elect Democratic candidates at the state level.”

SARBANES AND CFR. WUSA. “Congressman John Sarbanes Democrat from Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District is working on legislation to change the way campaigns are financed.”

AZ: CASE HEARD. Tucson.com. “Maricopa County prosecutors want the Arizona Supreme Court to rule ‘dark money’ groups cannot anonymously say nasty things about candidates just because they don’t explicitly mention the upcoming election.”

AR: PLEA REJECTED. 4029tv.com. “Martha Shoffner tried to plead guilty Monday to a charge accusing her of misspending campaign donations on personal items. But U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes rejected her plea, saying Shoffner didn’t admit all elements of the crime.”

CA: FINE FOR EXCESSIVE DONATIONS. Sacbee,com. “Sacramento labor leader Bill Camp and the Central Labor Council have agreed to pay a $15,500 fine for accepting donations and making contributions to political candidates above the state-mandated limit in 2010.”

FL: BONDI ON OFFENSE. TBO.com. “Attorney General Pam Bondi adamantly defended herself today when questioned about news reports implying she has cozy relationships with out-of-state lobbyists and corporate lawyers.”

IL: INVESTMENT MANAGER GIVING. Business Insider. “Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner accepted more than $140,000 worth of campaign donations from executives affiliated with firms in which Illinois pension systems have investments, according to documents reviewed by the International Business Times.”

OH: LINK TO LOBBYIST. Bizjournals.com. “The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the ongoing federal investigation into State Street Corp.’s business with public pension plans has targeted a prominent Ohio lobbyist with close ties to the state’s former deputy treasurer.”


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