1.23 political law links

COMPLAINT OVER PAYMENT. WT. “Common Cause filed a complaint with both the Department of Justice and Federal Elections Commission on Monday concerning a payment made to the adult film star reported to have had an affair with President Trump.”

CO: GIFT SCRUTINY. DP. “Freebies flow regularly into Denver City Council offices from city departments and agencies, but most members gave little thought to accepting the mugs, commemorative items, city-grown holiday poinsettia plants, branded clothing and more valuable gifts that have come their way.”

NY: DA REFORM. GG. “District attorneys should separate themselves from fundraising efforts and implement tighter vetting procedures for donors to reduce the appearance of bias, says a new report by the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI) at Columbia Law School.”

SD: INITIATIVE BILL TO SENATE. USN. “A bill aimed at requiring South Dakota ballot measure campaigns to disclose their donors while supporters gather signatures to get on the ballot is headed to the full state Senate.”

TX: STATE INVESTIGATION. KHOU. “The Texas Ethics Commission is investigating whether J.J. Koch offered a pay off if a fellow candidate dropped out of the race against him.”

WI: VOTE TO FIRE. WPR. “The state Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the confirmations of Brian Bell and Michael Haas, the leaders of Wisconsin’s ethics and elections commissions. If the vote goes as planned for majority Republicans, both men will be fired, leaving vacancies at the top of both agencies with the 2018 election season on the horizon.”


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