RUBENE OBAMA’S FUTURES LOBBING COVERAGES IN NEW YORK CITY: *In the City Council of New York, the Democratic Party has been forced to adopt a rule requiring all candidates to disclose their personal loans and other financial arrangements, which would prevent some candidates from using campaign funds to pay for their own legal bills, such as for attorneys.
*New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office would investigate whether former President Barack Obama used campaign funds for legal expenses related to his personal loan to cover his legal fees, as reported by Politico.
*The State Department has asked the Justice Department for guidance on whether the Obama administration violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Politico reported.
The Obama administration has maintained that the law is not intended to apply to individuals who are not government officials.
*Democratic Senator Chris Coons on Wednesday said he will introduce legislation that would limit the ability of foreign entities to make contributions to the White House, which could be used to pay political staffers.
The bill, called the Foreign Contributions Act of 1974, has received scant support among Democrats, despite its importance in modern presidential campaigns.
Coons said he would introduce a bill in the next few days, but declined to elaborate.
*In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have asked the state attorney general to investigate whether the city illegally blocked an effort by the Republican Party to raise money from the city’s gay community, the New York Post reported.
*A new report from the Center for Responsive Politics found that, on average, lobbyists make between $1.5 million and $5 million per year, which is well above the $2.2 million federal lobbying average for federal lobbyists.
In total, lobbyists made an estimated $19.7 billion during the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center’s data.
*On Wednesday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he expects the Senate to approve the nomination of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for secretary of homeland security, Politico’s Michael S. Schmidt reported.
Graham is the Senate’s only black member of Congress, and has not been a confirmed candidate for a top Cabinet post.
*Gingrich says he would nominate a new ambassador to the United Nations to replace the late George Shultz, a former U.S. ambassador to both China and Russia, who was nominated to the post by President Barack Obamas successor.
The ambassador would be the first African American in the post.
The Senate has not yet confirmed Giuliani’s nomination.
*Senator Joe Manchin, the top Democrat in the Senate, told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough he would vote to confirm Rudy Giuliani as ambassador to Russia, saying he would be “honored” to be considered as ambassador, Scarborough said.
*Former President Bill Clinton, who is still alive and in good health, was hospitalized on Wednesday night after being diagnosed with pneumonia, the White andamp; Blue reported.
His condition has not improved since the beginning of his medical emergency, the report said.