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Judge blocks part of Miss. campaign finance law - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Judge blocks part of Miss. campaign finance law - Jackson Clarion Ledger | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Judge blocks part of Miss. campaign finance law Jackson Clarion Ledger A federal judge in north Mississippi has declared that part of the state's campaign finance law is unconstitutional because it creates burdens for people or groups that spend at...
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Town Of Chevy Chase Mulls Undergrounding Power Lines | BethesdaNow

Town Of Chevy Chase Mulls Undergrounding Power Lines | BethesdaNow | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Some in the Town of Chevy Chase think there is no debate as to the reliability of underground power lines compared to the overhead ones that now line the
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Pepco wants to charge customers who don't switch to smart meters

Pepco wants to charge customers who don't switch to smart meters | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Pepco has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to allow it to charge a $75 up-front fee to those customers who opted out of the smart meters.
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Paid bloggers for campaigns should be disclosed | Editorial | Mercury News

Paid bloggers for campaigns should be disclosed | Editorial | Mercury News | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it

Most regulations to inform voters about who's paying for political campaigns have focused on 20th century problems. In California, election officials are doing better at making campaign finance data available to the public. The Legislature is working on bills to require nonprofit organizations to reveal the sources of money they spend on politics and to force the top three funders of political ads to be boldly identified in the ads themselves.

 

These are good ideas for shining lights on the big money that dominates elections by buying up time for slick TV commercials. But what about those newer features of election politics, the smaller and more casual campaign messages that appear online in blogs, videos and social media? How do voters know if the people posting these pitches for candidates and ballot initiatives are fellow concerned citizens or, as increasingly is the case, paid propagandists?

 

A regulation to tackle that very modern problem is under consideration by the state Fair Political Practices Commission and deserves public support.

 

Regulation 18421.5 would require campaign committees to reveal when they pay someone to create digital content -- for, say, a blog or a Twitter account -- unless that information is provided in the content itself.

 

If people making persuasive arguments for an Assembly candidate or against a ballot proposition are just interested individuals without a connection to a campaign, great -- they don't have to be identified. But if they're really paid fronts for a campaign, or are have been put up to it by a deep-pocketed special interest with a stake in the election outcome, voters should be told.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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NY effort to reveal pols' law clients has backing

NY effort to reveal pols' law clients has backing | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
ALBANY, N.Y. — The unexpected request by New York's anti-corruption commission that state lawmakers reveal their private law clients is bolstered by the state Bar Association and the practice in 20 other states that already require the disclosure...
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Civil Service Systems in States Undergo Major Changes -- Stateline

Civil Service Systems in States Undergo Major Changes -- Stateline | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Some governors want their civil service systems to work more like the private sector. Critics worry about cronyism and political patronage.
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In Germany, campaigns are just beginning for Sept. 22 parliamentary election

In Germany, campaigns are just beginning for Sept. 22 parliamentary election | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s calendar this past week looked like this: unpack from an Italian vacation, catch up with advisers and kick off a campaign with a small-town rally for...
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Half in U.S. Support Publicly Financed Federal Campaigns

Half in U.S. Support Publicly Financed Federal Campaigns | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Half of Americans say they would vote "for" a campaign finance law that establishes government funding of federal campaigns. Far more -- 79% -- would limit what congressional candidates can raise and spend on their own.

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Annie Christofferson's curator insight, March 11, 2014 7:57 PM

I thought this article was very interesting because it is talking about how campaigns are funded and whether or not people want to change how things are run. Currently, private people and groups support political campaigns, but what was talked about in this article, is the possibility of having the government give each group a sum of money to campaign with and close the doors to private groups. The majority of people were actually in favor of doing this, and I think I would agree. It seems like a more fair way to do elections and campaigning. 

Siobhan Chantigian's comment, March 15, 2014 11:30 AM
Well I think that government campaigns should be funded less and a limit would be great. There is so much that money that is going to campaigns that could be going other places. To me the amount of money that they are getting is way too much! It makes an unfair run for president and makes the campaign more of a money match than a way to find out the best person for the presidency.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, March 16, 2014 7:36 PM
I completely agree with Siobhan! I believe that the money used to fund campaigns is way too high. That money could be used to help so many people an instead goes to a person who already has more than enough money for them self, just so they can make even more money if they win the election. This system needs to be changed.
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DC Attorney General Calls Out Local Electric Company for Their Attempt to Collect $2 Million From Low Income Residents | LoanSafe

DC Attorney General Calls Out Local Electric Company for Their Attempt to Collect $2 Million From Low Income Residents | LoanSafe | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
(Source: Attorney General Irvin B Nathan) -- The D.C. Attorney General’s office, on behalf of the District Department of the Environment, is opposing the
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Sinquefield takes fight over proposed campaign finance reform amendment to ... - The Missouri Times

Sinquefield takes fight over proposed campaign finance reform amendment to ... - The Missouri Times | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
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Edison monthly bills to go up 8 cents for Chino Hills undergrounding

Edison monthly bills to go up 8 cents for Chino Hills undergrounding | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
It will be at least two years before Southern California Edison ratepayers see an increase in their bill as a result of the undergrounding of high-voltage power lines through Chino Hills.A portion of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project...
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Pepco's Tree Pruners Are Coming | Forest Hills Connection | E ...

Pepco's Tree Pruners Are Coming | Forest Hills Connection | E ... | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
by Marlene Berlin Something I saw on my morning walk one day last week stopped me in my tracks. At 32nd and Davenport was an orange truck belonging to Asplundh, otherwise known as Pepco's tree pruners (or hackers, ...
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Supreme Court, campaign finance, and civic literacy - Christian Science Monitor

Supreme Court, campaign finance, and civic literacy - Christian Science Monitor | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Supreme Court, campaign finance, and civic literacy Christian Science Monitor On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging a limit on the number of contributions that individuals can give to federal...
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States Look to Reduce Part-Time Lawmakers’ Bias

States Look to Reduce Part-Time Lawmakers’ Bias | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Most state lawmakers supplement their legislative job with one in the private sector. To reduce the conflicts of interest that inevitably arise from this, states are considering revising their ethics laws.
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bloomingdale: Pepco's Donna Cooper promoted to Region President

bloomingdale: Pepco's Donna Cooper promoted to Region President | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
Attendees at Bloomingdale Civic Association meetings may recall seeing Pepco's Donna Cooper speaking about Bloomingdale power outages. Be advised that she has been promoted to Pepco Region President. See this ...
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New charge in campaign finance investigation into DC businessman Jeffrey ... - Washington Post

New charge in campaign finance investigation into DC businessman Jeffrey ... - Washington Post | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
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Campaign-finance system hobbles third-party challengers - The Boston Globe

Evan Falchuk writes: Under state law, the two parties can receive multiple thousands of dollars per person, and then can contribute unlimited amounts to support their favored candidates’ campaigns.
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Addresses problem of unlimited in-kind contributions from parties to candidates.

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D.C. Political Roundup: Grosso Presses for Publicly-Financed Campaigns

D.C. Political Roundup: Grosso Presses for Publicly-Financed Campaigns | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
D.C. Council member David Grosso is the chief author of a bill that would allow candidates to publicly finance their campaigns for elected offices in the District.
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Public Service Commission takes action to protect solar panel customers

Public Service Commission takes action to protect solar panel customers | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
The Louisiana Public Service commission stepped in Wednesday to address a problem exposed a few weeks ago by Eyewitness News.
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Examining the Legal Challenge to North Carolina's New Photo Voter ID Requirement

Examining the Legal Challenge to North Carolina's New Photo Voter ID Requirement | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
By Karen Shanton Is North Carolina’s new photo voter ID requirement an unlawful additional qualification on the right to vote? That’s the central question in the lead argument of a state lawsuit filed against the requirement last Tuesday.
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7OYS: Pepco installs energy saver unit without notifying homeowner - WJLA

7OYS: Pepco installs energy saver unit without notifying homeowner - WJLA | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
7OYS: Pepco installs energy saver unit without notifying homeowner
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Then, he got mad. “I called Pepco and you know, I told them I was outside and saw this box attached to my house and she said, 'Oh, that is an energy saver box,'" explains Hammer.
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Follow the Money, but How Far?

Follow the Money, but How Far? | DC Council Government Operations | Scoop.it
By Julie Lays Disclosure laws that require identification of campaign contributors were the focus of a Tuesday session at NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Atlanta.
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