Political law links for today — not rigged

TRUMP PROPOSES REFORM.  Politico.  “Trump’s five-point plan includes instituting a five-year ban on lobbying for executive branch officials, lawmakers and their staffers after they leave government. The plan would ban senior executive branch officials from ever lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.”

PONY EXPRESS COORDINATION.  Breitbart.  “New video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas exposes a system called the ‘Pony Express,’ which Democratic consultants allegedly use to relay messages between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and a constellation of super-PACs funded by wealthy donors.”

WHAT DOES VIDEO SHOW?  Townhall.  “The investigative journalism group headed by James O’Keefe spent a year infiltrating what appears to be a dark web of progressive group fomenting violence at Trump rallies, among other things, in order to create a narrative that Trump supporters are unhinged and volatile.”

SUPER PACS SUPREME.  BNA.  “Major campaign spending organizations closely tied to Democratic and Republican leaders and funded by undisclosed donations—known by critics as ‘dark money’—have spent $26 million in key Senate races in 2016 but have significantly reduced their TV ad spending in the final weeks of the campaign, according to a Bloomberg BNA analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data.”

MEMBER SCRUTINY.  IND.  “The House Ethics Committee is reviewing an unspecified allegation about Rep. Marlin Stutzman and will respond by the end of November, according to a statement released Monday.”

LEAHY RAISES.  VTD.  “Over the past three months, incumbent U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has raised a mountain of money in his quest to beat maverick Republican Scott Milne, who, so far, has fulfilled his biggest campaign pledge of running on a shoestring budget.”

PRISON AND THE PAC.  MJ.  “It’s unusual for a publicly traded corporation to donate to a super-PAC, but in August, private prison company GEO Group steered $150,000 to Rebuild America Now, a pro-Donald Trump outfit launched by the GOP nominee’s longtime friend, developer Tom Barrack.”

SUPER PAC DABBLE.  LAT.  “The super PACs dabbling in California’s U.S. Senate race between Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) and state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris aren’t exactly breaking fundraising records.”

CA:  LOOPHOLE TARGET.  MAI.  “The loophole allows unlimited contributions to political parties and permits parties to make unlimited contributions to candidate campaigns.”

MT:  CASE SETTLED.  BDC.  “Ron Murray signed the settlement with Commissioner of Political Practices Jon Motl on Oct. 12. He agreed to pay a civil fine of $19,599, with $6,000 to be paid in cash, and the remaining $13,599 to be paid in public service to Gallatin County’s 4-H club.”


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