Good morning. Here are a few of the lobbying, political law, and ethics stories I’ve seen this morning.
The omnibus and the earmarks
The White House and K Street
Relations are the topic of this Hill report.
Lobbyists in the nation’s capital say they have seen something unexpected from the Obama administration in recent weeks: a change in its attitude toward K Street.
News from yesterday’s Federal Election Commission meeting
Where the Waters case is headed
The case – one of the most prominent ethics investigations undertaken by the committee – came apart as committee and staff members argued over whether documents should be subpoenaed and when the trial should be scheduled and for how long. They all expected Waters to agree to a negotiated settlement, which she ultimately declined.
“Casino Jack” opens
The Times reports.
“We didn’t want to make a movie that was only interesting to people in the Beltway,” Mr. Spacey said. “George always said, ‘I don’t want to make a boring movie about Washington, I want to make “Goodfellas” in D.C.’ ”
Why campaign finance reform is needed