2.9 political law links

POLITICAL DRONE LAW.  Politico.  “It’s hard to quantify how many political ads have been filmed using drones because the technique is still fairly new and its use remains limited to a relatively few firms.”

SUPER PAC MYTHS.  R. Lenhard.  “Few subjects in federal campaign finance law are so frequently garbled by commentators, the press and the public as what a Super PAC is and how it operates.”

CA:  PARTY FUNDS.  Sacbee.com.  “California political parties dominated fundraising in more than two dozen Assembly and state Senate races last fall.”

IN:  LLC IN THE NEWS.  Indystar.com.  “An election complaint against Monarch Beverage accuses the company of illegally funneling nearly $1.5 million in campaign cash through a little-known limited liability company called Vision Concepts.”

MT:  UPDATE REPORTING.  MT Standard.   “Last week, several important campaign finance reporting laws were tabled in committee, which means they are likely dead for the session. Fortunately, the ideas that inspired them may live on in Gov. Steve Bullock’s campaign finance reform package, which is being introduced this week.”

MT:  FIGHT ON BILL.  Helenair.com.  “Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican Sen. Duane Ankney are teaming up on a bill to fight ‘dark money’ by requiring all political organizations to fully disclose who’s donating money to their groups and how they are spending it in campaigns.”

NJ:  WHO OWES WHO.  NJ.com.  “Five of New Jersey’s 12 U.S. House members finished their 2014 campaigns in debt to themselves.”

TX:  LOBBYING LAW SPOTLIGHT.  Dallas News.  “People lobby legislators without registering with the state. The rules are so complex that even lobbyists can get confused. There’s a lack of transparency about the legislation that lobbyists are trying to influence. And the state oversight agency routinely does not aggressively pursue alleged violators.”


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