Political Activity Law morning report for Tuesday, Nov. 23

Good morning.  As we ease into Thanksgiving break, I hope you find these links useful.

D’s v. R’s:  Who has the higher digital IQ?

According to an L2 report, it’s the Democrats (this time).

Groping for DISCLOSE resolution and the “stripped down” approach

Allison Hayward’s item on the DISCLOSE Act is here.

Don’t be fooled by promises from the Hill that a “stripped-down” version solves the constitutional issues that were evident in the original bill.

And then there were 62

Another close race has ended.

The Farenthold victory brings the net Republican House pickups this cycle to 62 seats, with four House races still outstanding from the midterm elections.

START to DISCLOSE, says Ornstein


Reading tea leaves on OCE

The fate of the Office of Congressional Ethics is the topic of this Hill report.

Democratic groups aligning for 2012

The Times reports on how Democrats will be organzing for 2012.

The moves by Mr. Brock in recent weeks make his the most concrete effort so far on the part of Democratic activists to establish some kind of centralized structure that they hope will become the left’s answer in 2012 to such groups on the right as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Crossroads and others, which significantly outspent Democratic-leaning outside groups this year. It is too early to say whether Mr. Brock’s group will emerge as the go-to vehicle for giant contributions on the left.

Former Young aide sentenced

Here’s the news.

Mark D. Zachares, 52, who worked for Young when he chaired the House transportation committee, also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine for his April 2007 guilty plea to conspiracy to deprive the public of honest services, ordered U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the District.

Times liberally cites Citizens United in editorial slamming the Supremes


Some advice for new members

The Hill reports on advice being given to new members.

In a 144-page how-to House guidebook titled Hit the Ground Running, House Republican leaders advise the soon-to-be-freshmen on a range of issues both big and small.

DeLay verdict today?


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