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Wednesday’s political law links

TOMORROW’S DISCLOSE ACT HEARING. The witness list is online here.

CIVIL PENALTY IN RANGEL MATTER. Story here. “Veteran congressman Rep. Charles Rangel and his campaign have agreed to pay a $23,000 civil penalty in a settlement over the use of a rent-stabilized apartment as his campaign headquarters, according to Federal Election Commission documents.”

PANEL WITH MCCAIN AND KEATING. Story here. “McCain, speaking at a Reuters forum on money in politics, gave a blistering critique of U.S. Supreme Court justices over a 2010 ruling that lifted limits on political fundraising and spending by corporations, unions and other non-campaign groups by equating their rights to those of individual citizens.” Video may be found here.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND CAMPAIGNS. Roll Call. “To be sure, highlighting the legal problems and ethical lapses of political opponents isn’t a new strategy, but it’s getting fresh traction.”

DURKEE PLEA? From POLITICO: “Kinde Durkee, the California political operative at the heart a major embezzlement scandal, is expected to plead guilty later this week to stealing more than $8 million from her clients, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other California Democrats, according to sources close to the case.” I got the news from a Politico email alert last night, so I expect a full story to be online at their site.

SUPER PAC FEARS. The Hill. “The proliferation of super-PACs has come in a presidential election year, and their attacks have mostly been aimed at White House hopefuls. But members of Congress should not rest easy, according to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).”

FPPC’S NEW WEBSITE. The FPPC’s website shouts “spring” with its colorful display of flowers.

VOTING RIGHTS ACT SYMPOSIUM. An interesting array of speakers will participate in a symposium on the Voting Rights Act on April 13th in Trenton. All of the pertinent information is here.

GOV. HALEY AND POSSIBLE ETHICS COMPLAINT. Story here. “Ethics complaints made to the State Ethics Commission and the House and Senate Ethics Committees are confidential, unless the subject of the complaint waives confidentiality.”


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