8.3 political law links

FEC REFORM BILL INTRODUCED.   WBIW.  “Tuesday, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced the Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act, which would reform the Federal Election Commission so it can carry out its intended mission to oversee campaign finance laws.”

WAIVER DISCLOSURE SOUGHT.   HILL.  “Three senators, including the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, are calling for greater transparency from the White House regarding waivers to the administration’s ethics pledge granted to federal officials.”

AL:  COMMITTEE MOVE.   TM.  “After stepping down as chairman of the House Rules Committee earlier this year, state Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, has been appointed to serve the remainder of his term on the House Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee.

MI:  KALAMZAZOO CASE.  ML.  “A state Bureau of Elections investigation found Kalamazoo City Commissioner Matt Milcarek violated campaign finance law several times.”

MO:  AVERAGE LOBBYIST GIFT.  KCS.  “Missouri lawmakers and their staffs received $347,368 in gifts from lobbyists during the first six months of 2017.”

OH:  FUNDS REFUNDED.   CD.  “Deciding the money isn’t worth it, the Ohio Republican Party is returning $76,000 in campaign donations to Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow founder Bill Lager and one of his top associates.”

TX:  ETHICS COMMISSION REFORM.  MS.  “State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, asked Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday to add ethics reform legislation to his special session call, but the governor’s spokesman called the legislators’ request ‘showboating.'”

WA:  LAWSUIT ON DISCLOSURE.   AGO.  “The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) filed a complaint in Thurston County Superior Court yesterday alleging campaign finance violations by the Washington & North Idaho Laborers Political Action Committee (the PAC). Specifically, the AGO asserts the committee failed to timely report a total of $350,855 in contributions and $226,600 in expenditures.”

WA:  EXPERIMENT FAILURE.   GOV.  “Vouchers aren’t being used in this year’s mayoral election. Proponents wanted to allow time for voucher funds, infused with $3 million a year in property taxes, to stockpile and give them a trial run before applying the experiment to the city’s highest office, Durning said.”


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