Political law links for 2-21

EXTENDED REVIEW.   NP.  “U.S. Rep. John J. ‘Jimmy’ Duncan Jr. is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, the AP reports.”

CA:  CHAIR RESIGNS.   SFE.  “The chair of the Ethics Commission has abruptly stepped down after the watchdog agency failed to place a campaign reform measure on the June ballot intended to crack down on the potential for pay-to play politics at City Hall.”

CA:  OAKLAND MONEY.   ML. “A new MapLight analysis of campaign finance records for Oakland found that local candidates raised more than $4 million over the past three election cycles – with the vast majority of funding coming from a fraction of the city’s overall population.”

KS:  EXPANDED REACH.   CJO.  “The Kansas Senate advanced a bipartisan bill Tuesday that requires registration of people lobbying any of the three branches of state government and allowing for expansion of gift and meal limits for state employees.”

TN:  AD QUESTIONS.    TN.  “Unlike recent ads launched by other campaigns, the 30-second spot promoting the Nashville lawmaker wasn’t technically funded by Harwell’s campaign. And it doesn’t mention her candidacy.”

WY:  PROVISION REMOVED.   TRIB.  ” A package of election law reforms meant to strengthen campaign finance reporting requirements took a significant step forward Tuesday as a House committee amended the bill to add clarity and sent it back to the full chamber.”


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