Political Activity Law morning report for Monday, Nov. 29th

 Good morning

Please find today’s links below.  The morning report will take a few days off.  Don’t fret.  I’ll return mid-week in full force and next week look forward to some blogging from the COGEL conference in Washington, DC.

House Oversight and subpoena outlook

The Times examines where Rep. Issa might take House Oversight and Government Reform.

The fight against earmarks

Is a charade, according to comments of Sen. Dorgan here.

Following the money

Leads to consulting firms and stations, according to this report.

Lobbyists on boards and commissions

If you’re interested in the topic of lobbyists serving on government boards and commission, you’re likely familiar with this from OMB.  Meanwhile, the Post reports on the composition of a DHS panel here.

DeLay news

By now you’ve already heard the news that a verdict in the DeLay trial verdict came out on Thanksgiving eve.  Politico noted the verdict in this reportThe Hill noted the story hereThe Times discussed the case in an editorial on Thanksgiving.  Another angle of the story is the topic of this Times column. The judge’s sentencing options are the topic of this report.

Twitter-quatting and the Speaker-elect

What happens to the Twitter account @speakerpelosi?  Why wasn’t @speakerboehner locked down?  Will Twitter release it to the Speaker-elect?  The Hill covers some of these questions here.  Who’s locked down @speakercantor, by the way?

Federal Election Commission civil penalty data, 1995-present

Source:  http://www.fec.gov/pages/budget/fy2010/par_2010.pdf at 11.

Political committee status and express advocacy

All in one Federal Election Commission enforcement matter from 2006 (MUR 5831 (Softer Voices)).  (Click here and enter “5831” in the case number box; why can’t cases be accessed through permalinks?)

Representing Alaska native corporations

Alaska native corporations have drawn attention from the Post and other sources before.  Now comes another report.

Alaska native corporations were created in 1971 to settle land claims and help improve life for tens of thousands of impoverished native people. Almost 300 subsidiaries have been created to pursue federal work, and they have received more than $29 billion over the past decade, most of it through contracts awarded without competition.

Campaign staff and taxes

In the news.

[Two Maryland candidates] avoided these costs by paying their campaign staffs as independent contractors instead of regular employees, according to expense reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Convention compliance costs

Convention veterans are allegedly alarmed about spending related to the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa, Florida.

According to an FEC report filed in October for the third quarter of this year, the Arrangements Committee spent about $67,000 on salaries, more than $50,000 each for legal consulting and equipment, about $40,000 on rent, almost $40,000 on site evaluation consulting and about $25,000 on hotel management consulting.

Gifts to judges

Is the topic of this Times editorial.

K Street party time

Roll Call reports on the holiday party scene this year.

Frank Rich and campaign money

Rich’s Sunday Times piece is here.

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