Legal Ethics Forum has this post on the indictment of a former NJ state legislator, arising from money his law firm received, purportedly for legal services but really (the indictment alleges) for supporting a development project. The linked story reports that state law doesn’t require legislators to disclose their clients, the nature of their work, or how much they’re getting, thus opening the door to conflicts and even bribery.
See here for a description of and link to an interesting ALJ decision from Colorado, mentioned in this NYT editorial. The decision concludes that a group advocating against the retention of state judges must register as a political committee, thus limiting it to contributions of $525 per person — but doesn’t address the First Amendment issue raised by this requirement, apparently because state ALJ’s aren’t permitted to do so.
The NYT reports here on the remarks of George Gonzalez, NYC Board of Elections ED, at a state senate hearing.
The EAC has issued this release, noting that 30.3% of people vote early in 2008.
National Law Journal reports here on challenges to judicial campaign speech limits in Indiana and Wisconsin, brought by Jim Bopp.
Tomorrow, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting a conference entitled “Citizens United and the Changing Political Role of the Corporation.” The program may be found here. Thanks to Rick Piides, who will be presenting at the opening session, for the pointer.
Today, the University of Baltimore School of Law will host a symposium entitled “A Vision for Voting:
Celebrating 45 Years, Creating a Vision for the Future,” organized by Prof. Gilda Daniels. The agenda is here. The symposium includes panels on election administration, redistricting, and campaign finance (the last of which I’ll be on).
The NY Times offers this front-page report, which discusses CU a fair bit.