February 20, 2014 •

Thursday News Roundup

Lobbying “Americans for Prosperity registers to lobby” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill. “Institutions target lobbying disclosure, raising Trayvon Martin case” by Barry B. Burr in Pensions & Investments. Campaign Finance “Firewalls Crumble at Federal Election Commission” by Kent […]

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Lobbying

Americans for Prosperity registers to lobby” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill.

Institutions target lobbying disclosure, raising Trayvon Martin case” by Barry B. Burr in Pensions & Investments.

Campaign Finance

Firewalls Crumble at Federal Election Commission” by Kent Cooper in Roll Call’s Political MoneyLine.

Minnesota: “Trevor Potter of ‘Colbert Report’ explains campaign finance laws at U of M event” by Eric Black in MinnPost.

Oregon: “State refuses comment on ORESTAR security breach” by Hannah Hoffman in the Statesman Journal.

Oregon: “Tigard ballot measure: With ORESTAR still offline, concerns raised about campaign finance” by Luke Hammill in The Oregonian.

Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker under fire in campaign finance probe” by The Associated Press on CBS News.

Ethics

Arkansas: “Backers of ballot proposal to tighten Ark. campaign finance, lobbying rules told to try again” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

Hawaii: “Hawaii Ethics Commission Examines How Lawmakers Spend Their Allowances” by Nathan Eagle in the Honolulu Civil Beat.

Vermont: “Stowe representative pushes ethics bill” by Anne Galloway in the Waterbury Record.

Open Government

Mississippi: “3 ‘transparency’ bills head to Senate for consideration” by Tyler Cleveland in the Madison County Journal.

Government Tech and Social Media

U.S. ranks sixth in use of digital government” by Frank Konkel in FCW.

 

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October 15, 2013 •

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News Update

Keep up with the latest government relations news with these articles:

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Lobbyists’ lobbying group wants a new name — one that doesn’t mention lobbying” by Holly Yeager in The Washington Post.

Campaign Finance

No, overturning campaign contribution limits really would be a problem” opinion piece by Bob Biersack in The Washington Post.

The next, next Citizens United” by Reid Wilson in The Washington Post.

McCutcheon v. FEC: Why it matters” by Jerad Najvar and Dan Backer in The Daily Caller.

Missouri: “Candidates to file campaign finance reports with Missouri Ethics Commission” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

New Mexico: “Candidates face campaign finance report deadline” by The Associated Press in KFDA News.

Ethics

Missouri: “St. Louis Firefighters PAC fined for campaign violations in St. Louis mayoral race” by Nick Pistor in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

New York: “Lawsuit: Silver breached ‘contract’” by James M. Odato in the Times Union.

Open Government

Mass. lawmakers weighing public records bills” by The Associated Press in the Boston Herald.

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August 21, 2013 •

Wednesday Government Relations News

Here is our roundup of the latest articles on lobbying, campaign finance, ethics, and more!

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Pennsylvania: “University Reminds Employees of Lobbying Laws” in Gant Daily.

Campaign Finance

Van Hollen to join lawsuit against IRS” by Bernie Becker in The Hill.

California: “Fundraisers abound as California legislative session nears end” by Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee.

Illinois: “DuPage considers ethics revisions allowing bigger campaign donations” by Robert Sanchez in the Daily Herald.

Illinois: “Rauner forms PAC to push term limits” by Rick Pearson in the Chicago Tribune.

Michigan: “Director of campaign finance watchdog group examines the money in judicial politics” on MLive.com.

New York: “Nonprofits Are Balking at Law on Disclosing Political Donors” by Thomas Kaplan in The New York Times.

Ethics

Arkansas: “Bookout resigns, special prosecutor named for ethics probe” by the Arkansas News Bureau.

Ohio: “Reps. Ronald Gerberry, Nicholas Celebrezze propose barring statewide officeholders from accepting outside compensation while in office” by Robert Higgs in the Plain Dealer.

Ohio: “Ex-Ohio treasurer ‘stunned’ by deputy’s indictment” by Ann Sanner on Cincinnati.com.

Virginia: “McDonnell tries to govern, trailed by scandal” by Olympia Meola in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Redistricting

Kentucky House panel advances redistricting plan” by Beth Musgrave in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Open Government

Virginia: “State employees shoot down VA open records access bill” by Kathryn Watson on Watchdog.org.

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July 22, 2013 •

Monday News Roundup

Let’s start off the week with these lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics news articles:

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Supreme Court urged to review lobbyist’s conviction” by Megan R. Wilson in The Hill.

California: “AM Alert: Who is lobbying California lawmakers?” by Jeremy B. White in the Modesto Bee.

Indiana: “Matthew Tully: Services slashed, but local governments still spend millions to lobby Statehouse” by Matthew Tully in the Indianapolis Star.

Minnesota: “Minnesota lobbying expenditures down, state auditor finds” by Bill Salisbury in the Pioneer Press.

Campaign Finance

Trevor Potter ‘Everything Depends on Fixing Campaign Finance’” by Alex Gautier in the Independent Voter Network.

Florida: “Law raises limits on campaign-finance contributions” by Jeff Burlew in the Tallahassee Democrat.

Iowa: “Cash flows from caucus campaigns to state campaigns” by Jennifer Jacobs in the Des Moines Register.

Louisiana: “Can you buy a car with campaign funds? Harahan Police Chief asks ethics board” by Adriane Quinlan in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Oklahoma: “Okla. congressional incumbents amass campaign cash” by Sean Murphy in the Kansas City Star.

Ethics

What are payment rules in early-voting states?” in the Des Moines Register.

Florida: “Ethics changes coming for city” by Arek Sarkissian II in the Tallahassee Democrat.

New York: “Lawmakers spent $7M of campaign funds on legal fees, NYPIRG says” by Jon Campbell in the Journal News.

Open Government

With Kickstarter Funding, FOIA Machine Wants to Help Fix Public Records” by Miranda Neubauer in TechPresident.

Government Tech and Social Media

DC Politicians Learn to Instagram” by Cindy McCauley in Daily Gadgetry.

Hack of vendor illustrates Capitol Hill’s cyber vulnerability” by Jennifer Martinez in The Hill.

Redistricting

Alaska: “Attorneys: Challenge planned to redistricting map” by The Associated Press in the Anchorage Daily News.

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July 16, 2013 •

Tuesday Lobbying and Campaign Finance News

Keep up with the latest government relations news with these articles:

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Bottom Line” on The Hill.

Tennessee: “Governor Insists Lobbyist Payments Violated No Law” by Ben Hall in WTVF News.

Campaign Finance

Maryland: “Group didn’t report 2010 contribution to Baker campaign” by Miranda S. Spivack in The Washington Post.

New York: “Working around donation limits” by Jimmy Vielkind in the Albany Times Union.

Ethics

Michele Bachmann aide Javier Sanchez arrested in Rayburn thefts” by Jake Sherman in Politico.

Illinois: “Blagojevich appeal: Judge was ‘rubber stamp’ for prosecution” by Jason Meisner in the Chicago Tribune.

Utah: “How much of Utah House investigation into Swallow will be public?” by Lisa Riley Roche and Dennis Romboy in Deseret News.

Virginia: “Poll: Third want Bob McDonnell to resign” by James Arkin in Politico.

Virginia: “McDonnell adds to team responding to gifts investigations” by Olympia Meola in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Redistricting

Alaska: “New redistricting plan could see opposition from Southeast” by Jennifer Canfield in the Juneau Empire.

Open Government

Oregon: “Transparency advocates push Oregon lawmakers to put their names on proposed bills, amendments” by Yuxing Zheng in The Oregonian.

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July 8, 2013 •

Monday News Roundup

Let’s start off the week with these lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics news articles:

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Contractor lobbying info under wraps” by Byron Tau in Politico.

Maine: “Making laws from stories: Anecdotes often motivate legislators to write bills” by Scott Thistle in the Bangor Daily News.

Nebraska: “In the world of lawmakers and lobbyists, who has the power?” by JoAnne Young in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Campaign Finance

New bill aimed at campaign financing” by Michael Coleman in the Albuquerque Journal.

Alabama: “Alabama Secretary of State’s office reports no glitches with new online filing system” by Mike Cason in The Birmingham News.

Ethics

Obstruction Based on Rank Partisanship at FEC?” by Kent Cooper in Roll Call.

Deadlock by design hobbles election agency” by Christopher Rowland in the Boston Globe.

California: “Brown’s ethics aide Erin Peth to become executive director of FPPC” by Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times.

New York: “Another panel to scrutinize integrity” by James M. Odato in the Albany Times Union.

New York: “Eliot Spitzer launches political comeback” by Maggie Haberman in Politico.

West Virginia: “Statehouse beat: Parts of Ethics Act are a little ridiculous” by Phil Kabler in the Charleston Gazette.

From the state Legislatures

Florida: “Legislative leaders rewarded high-performing staff with salary hikes” by Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald.

New York: “Disclosure Forms Reignite Debate Over Part-Time Legislature” by Jon Campbell in WGRZ News.

Oregon: “Oregon 2013 legislative session in homestretch” by The Associated Press in the Gazette Times.

Washington: “How did we lose female lawmakers?” by Melissa Santos in The News Tribune.

Open Government

Kansas: “Kansas A.G. offers open records, open meetings trainings” in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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June 24, 2013 •

Monday News Roundup

Let’s start off the week with these lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics news articles:

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New York: “Report: Gambling lobby in NY spent $20M in 2 years” by The Associated Press in the Wall Street Journal.

Campaign Finance

Alabama: “Campaign contributions easier to find” by Mary Sell in the Times Daily.

Montana: “Montana wants decision in campaign documents dispute” by The Associated Press in the Billings Gazette.

New York: “New York State Campaign Finance Reform Amendment Fails” by Paul Blumenthal in the Huffington Post.

Washington: “Campaign-contribution debate sparked by Pierce County case” by Sean Robinson in the News Tribune.

Ethics

Utah: “Utah governor appoints an ethics commission with power to investigate top state officials” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

Open Government

Ohio: “Changes pending in the General Assembly could reduce Ohioans’ access to public records, meetings of public bodies” by Robert Higgs in the Plain Dealer.

Redistricting

Texas: “Senate wraps up redistricting” by David Rauf in the Houston Chronicle.

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April 8, 2013 •

Monday News Roundup

Let’s start off the week with these lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics news articles:

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K Street Files: Former Obama Health Care Guru Heads to K Street” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.

Rules of the Game: Lame-Duck FEC Invites Scofflaws” by Eliza Newlin Carney in Roll Call.

Top GOP House aide goes to K Street” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.

California: “Charities are engaged in California political fights” by Torey Van Oot in the Sacramento Bee.

Campaign Finance

Arkansas: “Ark. lawmakers OK proposal to put campaign finance constitutional amendment on the ballot” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

New Jersey: “Donors behind millions in N.J. political contributions kept secret, analysis finds” by Christopher Baxter in the Star-Ledger.

Ethics

Why Washington is corrupt” by Lawrence Lessig on CNN News.

Arizona: “Panel on constitutional amendments endorses ethics proposal” by John Lyon in Arkansas News.

New York: “Lhota, at City Hall, Proposes Ways to Curb Corruption” by David M. Halbfinger in The New York Times.

Texas: “Texas ethics watchdog hardly ever barks” by Rick Casey in the Express-News.

Virginia: “Cuccinelli denies conflict of interest claims” by Julian Walker in The Virginian-Pilot.

Open Government

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin won’t budge on executive privilege claim concerning emails” by Zeke Campfield in The Oklahoman.

Social Media

For pols, Tumblr is trending” by Kevin Cirilli in Politico.

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April 1, 2013 •

Monday News Roundup

Let’s start off the week with these lobbying, campaign finance, and ethics news articles:

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Florida: “Florida lawmakers weigh bill to tweak lobbyist gift ban” by Jim Saunders in the Miami Herald.

Georgia: “New lobbyist law leaves possible loopholes” by Aaron Gould Sheinin, Chris Joyner and James Salzer in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Kentucky: “Ethics Commission reports $4.2M spent on lobbying in Frankfort in January, February” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

New York: “Lobbying spending in N.Y. dropped to $205M in 2012” by Jon Campbell in the Democrat and Chronicle.

New York: “Pro-Cuomo Group Repeats as Top Spender on Lobbying” by Thomas Kaplan in the New York Times.

Oregon: “State, colleges lobbying costs top $1M” by Raju Chebium in the Statesman Journal.

Campaign Finance

Connecticut: “Boosting public financing for campaigns is off the table” by Mark Pazniokas in the Connecticut Mirror.

Nebraska: “Measure repeals Neb. campaign finance law but seeks to put campaign spending reports online” by The Associated Press in The Republic.

New York: “New Ads to Press Albany on Campaign Financing” by Thomas Kaplan in the New York Times.

Vermont: “Campaign finance reform bill in jeopardy” in the Rutland Herald.

West Virginia: “W.Va. House seeks anti-Citizens United amendment” by The Associated Press in WTRF.com.

Ethics

Larry Craig Loses Major Battle in Fight Against FEC” by Steven T. Dennis in Roll Call.

STOCK Act Endangers National Security, Report Says” by Niels Lesniewski in Roll Call.

North Dakota: “Gov. Dalrymple’s energy stocks, contributions raise questions” by Amy Dalrymple in InForum.

Ohio: “Jimmy Dimora files federal appeal claiming innocence” by James F. McCarty in the Plain Dealer.

From the State Legislatures

Georgia: “Ga. lawmakers take flurry of votes on final day” by The Associated Press in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Redistricting

Texas: “Texas redistricting fight resumes” by Tim Eaton in the Austin American-Statesman.

Open Government

Which States Aced the Spending Transparency Test?” in Government Technology.

Government Tech and Social Media

Internal Website HouseNet Gets a Makeover” by Emma Dumain in Roll Call.

NASA Becomes The Most-Followed Government Twitter Account, Nominated For Second Shorty Award” by Benny Luo in NewMediaRockstars.com.

Hawaii: “Bill would require state to post more information online” by The Associated Press in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

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March 28, 2013 •

Thursday News Roundup

Here are some great articles for today’s government relations news summary:

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Internet Association bolsters lobbying force” by Jennifer Martinez in The Hill.

Colorado: “Colorado gun lobbyist says he did nothing to warrant an ethics charge” by Lynn Bartels in the Denver Post.

Georgia: “Deal reported on lobbyist gift reform” by Greg Bluestein and Chris Joyner in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Campaign Finance

OFA Campaign Finance Reform Push Explained In Call To Supporters” by Paul Blumenthal in the Huffington Post.

Arizona: “Clean Elections’ funding could be returned to ballot” by Sean Peick in the Arizona Republic.

Illinois: “Bernard Schoenburg: Gaps remain in campaign finance reporting rules” – opinion piece by Bernard Schoenburg in the State Journal-Register.

Corporate Political Advocacy

Poll: Public wary of corporate politics” by Byron Tau in Politico.

Open Government

New law requires 72 hours of notice for public meetings” by The Associated Press in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

From the State Legislatures

Virginia: “Lacey Putney, longest-serving Va. lawmaker, to retire” by The Associated Press in the Times Dispatch.

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March 27, 2013 •

Wednesday Government Relations News

Here is our roundup of the latest articles on lobbying, ethics, and more!

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K St. winners and losers in budget votes” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.

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K Street Files: SEIU Launches Immigration Ads” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.

Georgia: “Drama over ethics reform builds toward session’s finale” by Aaron Gould Sheinin, Chris Joyner and Kristina Torres in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nevada: “State Senate votes for more lobbyist transparency” by Ed Vogel in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Campaign Finance

New York: “OFA joins New York campaign finance reform fight” by Maggie Haberman in Politico.

West Virginia: “Campaign financing bill advances” by Phil Kabler in the Charleston Gazette.

Ethics

Maryland: “Dixon to give talk, consider return to politics” by Jena Marbella in the Baltimore Sun.

From the State Legislatures

Committee recommends Brooks be expelled from Legislature” by Anjeanette Damon in the Las Vegas Sun.

Political Advertising

Think Your Advocacy Group is Not Subject to FEC Rules? Think Again.” in Political Law Briefing via Eric Brown’s Political Activity Law Blog.

Open Government

New Transparency Grades Issued for States” by Mike Maciag in Government Technology.

Arkansas: “Arkansas gets ‘C’ in spending transparency report” in Arkansas News.

Tennessee: “Rep. Glen Casada withdraws bill on open meetings law” by The Associated Press in The Tennessean.

West Virginia: “W.Va.’s spending transparency grade falls” by Eric Eyre in the Charleston Gazette.

Redistricting

Florida: “Legislators ask court to shield them from having to testify over maps” by Mary Ellen Klas in the Miami Herald.

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March 14, 2013 •

Thursday News Roundup

Here are some great articles for today’s government relations news summary:

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Howard Berman signs up for K Street job” by Tarini Parti in Politico.

K Street Files: Under Attack, Gamers Add In-House Lobbyists” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.

K Street lobbyists leap to the planet’s defense after asteroid scare” by Kevin Bogardus in The Hill.

Campaign Finance

Utah: “Legislature to change law on who probes campaign violations” by Robert Gehrke in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Vermont: “Vermont Senate panel delays vote on campaign finance” by Dave Gram in the Burlington Free Press.

Ethics

Florida Official Resigns in Wake of Gambling Probe” by Cameron McWhirter and Ana Campoy in the Wall Street Journal.

Fla. charity probe to next focus on campaign money” by Mike Schneider and Gary Fineout in the Miami Herald.

Open Government

Oversight panel pushes for transparency” by Eric Martinson in Politico.

Kansas: “Senate committee discusses changes to ‘open records’ law” by Stevi Wilson in the Lawrence Journal-World.

North Carolina: “How to bring more sunshine to the NC legislature” by John Frank in the News & Observer.

Procurement

Iowa: “Panel told of revised process for equipment procurement” by Jason Noble in the Des Moines Register.

Legislative Issues

Kentucky: “Ky. lawmakers approve 107 bills during first 28 days of legislative session” by Jack Brammer in the Herald-Leader.

Montana: “Montana lawmakers consider longer term limits” by The Associated Press in the Billings Gazette.

Redistricting

Wisconsin: “New court filing: Documents were deleted from GOP redistricting computers” by Patrick Marley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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March 13, 2013 •

Wednesday Government Relations News

Here is our roundup of the latest articles on lobbying, campaign finance, and more!

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Nevada: “Lawmakers spin through revolving door to lobbying” by Anjeanette Damon in the Las Vegas Sun.

Campaign Finance

Alaska: “Campaign finance resolution finds support” by The Associated Press in the Anchorage Daily News.

Arizona: “AZ House passes bill barring student association fee use for politics” by The Associated Press in the Arizona Capitol Times.

Arkansas: “Ark. panel rejects campaign finance proposals” by The Associated Press in KATV ABC News.

Georgia: “Lesser ethics bill gets committee approval” by Kristina Torres in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Hawaii: “State lawmakers debate campaign finance reforms” by Anita Hofschneider (Associated Press) in the Star Advertiser.

Michigan: “House Dems back ethics, campaign finance reform package” by Chad Livengood in the Detroit News.

North Carolina: “Dome: Campaign finance reports lag” by John Frank and Rob Christensen in the News & Observer.

Utah: “Utah Senate votes to close disclosure loophole” by Lee Davidson in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Vermont: “Vt. Senate panel works on campaign finance bill” by The Associated Press in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ethics

Florida: “Locals owe state Ethics Commission thousands” by Tom McLaughlin in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Open Government

Arizona gets ‘C’ grade for legislative openness” by The Associated Press in the Arizona Capitol Times.

New Mexico: “Legislators fast-track bill that protects their email” by Julie Ann Grimm in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

South Dakota: “Daugaard signs three bills on open government” by The Associated Press in the Argus Leader.

Texas: “Texas gets high marks regarding transparency in legislative matters but still needs more sunshine” in the Austin American-Statesman.

West Virginia: “Legislation may make memos, internal letters public” by Zack Harold in the Charleston Daily Mail.

Wyoming: “Legislature average on transparency” by Trevor Brown in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

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March 6, 2013 •

Wednesday Government Relations News

Keep up with the latest articles on lobbying, campaign finance, and more!

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K Street Files: Both Sides Rev Up for Wage War” by Elizabeth Newlin Carney in Roll Call.

K Street’s gravy train runs dry as Georgian leaders move past election” by Kevin Bogardus and Julian Pecquet in The Hill.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl joins lobby shop at Covington” by Catherine Ho in the Washington Post.

New York: “Best-paid lobbyists, spenders unveiled” by Chris Bragg in Crain’s New York.

Pennsylvania: “Pa.’s Corbett and wife disclose gifts from lobbyists and businesses” by The Associated Press in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Pennsylvania: “Corbett’s acceptance of gifts give rise to calls for laws on gift bans” by Jan Murphy in the Patriot-News.

Campaign Finance

Study shows Super PACs made mockery of campaign law” by Taylor Lincoln in The Hill.

Arizona: “Arizona senate approves contribution limits to recall campaigns” by Howard Fischer in the East Valley Tribune.

Kentucky: “Ky. House passes bill to publicly finance state SC races” by Jessica M. Karmasek in Legal Newsline.

Ethics

Florida: “Florida lawmakers vote for ethics and early voting changes” by Mary Ellen Klas in the Tampa Bay Times.

Legislative Issues

Missouri: “Mo. House endorses change to term limits” by The Associated Press in the News Tribune.

South Dakota: “SD Senate approves boost in expenses for lawmakers” in the Rapid City Journal.

Open Government

Sen. Del Marsh says GOP committee members did not violate Open Meetings Act” by Mike Cason in the Birmingham News.

Redistricting

Kentucky: “House redistricting plan would create new Lexington district” by Jack Brammer and Beth Musgrave in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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