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No restrictions on legislators as Mississippi House turns back campaign cash rules

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With longtime members rebelling against changes, the Mississippi House voted down a bill that would have restricted personal use of campaign money. The unrecorded voice vote on House Bill 797 came Tuesday after several House members complained about proposed restrictions, including ending the ability to take money for personal use to repay undocumented campaign expenses. The campaign finance changes had ...

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High court rejects challenge to Miss. campaign finance law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups spending at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot measure. The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the law over claims it is too burdensome. Five Mississippi residents ...

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In Mississippi, retiring officials can pocket campaign cash

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When former Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck shut down her campaign committee in the closing days of 2013, she took a parting gift — the $158,342 remaining in the account. Tuck had already withdrawn more than $103,000 from the account in late 2007 and early 2008, as she was going to work at Mississippi State University as special assistant to ...

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Bill would require candidates report credit card expenses

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JACKSON — Mississippi Senate and House committees Thursday advanced bills that would change voting, filing and campaign finance reporting procedures. The Senate Elections Committee passed a bill that would require Mississippi candidates to report campaign expenses they pay with a credit card. Senate Bill 2374 requires candidates to specify to whom they pay campaign expenses made with a credit card ...

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Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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State appeals campaign finance law ruling

OXFORD — The state of Mississippi is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that part of its campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The case will be argued Sept. 3 before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Tea party rallying to help McDaniel's cash-strapped campaign

JACKSON — National tea party groups are divvying up the nuts and bolts of campaigning as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi. The activist-focused FreedomWorks will run a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote operation ahead of the June 24 runoff. The anti-tax Club for Growth is ready to air even tougher ...

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Hood could appeal ruling on campaign finance law

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says he might appeal a federal judge’s ruling that part of Mississippi’s campaign finance law creates an unconstitutional burden for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock ruled Monday that the state may require some level of campaign finance reporting by ...

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Law requiring campaign finance reports often ignored

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — City clerks are required to collect campaign finance reports during local elections throughout Mississippi and deliver that information to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office, but Hosemann said he only receives the information sporadically. The law is designed to create greater transparency in local elections, making it possible to see where a candidate for mayor or alderman ...

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Judge sets trial date for campaign finance case

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has scheduled a trial for June 3 on challenge to Mississippi’s campaign finance law. At issue is whether a citizen must register with the state before spending more than $200 in a year to influence voters. The lawsuit contends they do not. In 2011, five Lafayette County residents sued the state of Mississippi, claiming the ...

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