Mon. 3-2-15 political law links

NEW SCRUTINY.  WP.  “The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign-finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections.”

TESTING, TESTING.  Miami Herald.  “As Jeb Bush continues a torrid fundraising schedule across the country, he is pushing new boundaries of campaign finance law, exploiting his status as a noncandidate to avoid contribution limits and amass a cash pile already in the tens of millions. . . .  ‘At the moment, it looks like a brilliant strategic move,’ said Dan Tokaji, an election law expert at Ohio State University.”

DONOR SEARCH.  NYT.  “Long before the season of baby-kissing and caucus-going begins in early primary states, a no less decisive series of contests is playing out among the potential 2016 contenders along a trail that traces the cold-weather destinations of the wealthy and private-jet-equipped.”

CU AND CORPORATE LAW.  HLS Forum on Corp. Governance.  “To the contrary, the strong weight of the historical evidence supports the constitutional validity of Congress’s right to regulate the corporation’s involvement in the political process through the means set forth in McCain-Feingold. As such, the decision in Citizens United to overturn a bipartisan statute appears to us more original than originalist.”

PA: NEW REQUIREMENTS.  “Business entities that have been awarded any no-bid contract by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any of its political subdivisions must file Form DSEB-504 with the Pennsylvania’s Department of State by February 15, 2015.”

VA:  ETHICS DRAMA.  RTD.  “House GOP leaders gave a blunt ultimatum to their Senate counterparts — pass ethics legislation, or delegates would adopt a resolution binding themselves to the reforms and then go home.”

WI:  CFR PROSPECTS.  “Vos and Barca agreed new laws are needed on campaign finance, including raising the money limits individuals can contribute to parties and races. But they quibbled over many details.”


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