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- James Bopp Jr., a Republican campaign finance lawyer who opposes nearly all limits to political spending, challenges New York City’s “pay-to-play” anti-corruption rules.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) moves to accept the House Republican’s weakened STOCK Act insider trading bill, which lacks key ethics reforms.
- Six senate Democrats will reportedly introduce a new DISCLOSE Act proposal today, proposing transparency requirements for outside political group spending.
- The pro-Romney Restore Our Future super PAC returned an illegal $100,000 contribution from the family charitable foundation of title lending magnate Rod Aycox — and then received a $100,000 contribution from his personal account.
- The chief justice of the California state supreme court is taking on the legislature over massive cuts to the judiciary’s funding — 25 percent over the past four years.
- The U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether juveniles can be sentenced to life without parole.