Public financing move and other political law links

CA:PUBLIC FINANCING MOVE.  HP.  “California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation on Thursday freeing the state and local governments to provide for the public funding of elections.”

SEPTEMBER HAUL.  Bloomberg.  “Hillary Clinton raised $154 million for her campaign and the Democratic Party last month, the biggest monthly fundraising haul yet in her bid for the White House.”

AZ:  MONEY AND ENERGY.  HCN. “While there’s nothing new about utilities trying to influence their regulators, Citizens United opened the door for utilities to play a big role in funding elections.”

CA:  FLOOD CANVASS.  LAT.  “The outside money is a sign the Republican party is putting a serious effort into keeping the seat in party hands.”

FL:  ETHICS AND TWEETS.  Talla. “A social media squabble between a Tallahassee city commissioner’s aide, lobbyists and the county’s GOP leader over Hurricane Hermine recovery efforts led to a short-lived ethics inquiry earlier this month.”

MD:  COMPANY AND LIMITS.  WP.  “A company run by David Trone, the Potomac wine magnate who was a candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 8th District this year, made more than $250,000 in illegal contributions to political candidates between 2011 and 2014, state prosecutors say.”

RI:  VOTERS DECIDE.  WT. “Rhode Island voters will decide in November whether to give an ethics commission power to investigate lawmakers for conflicts of interest and sanction them when they are found to have acted improperly.”


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