Earmarks, lobbyists, and Sanchez moves all in today’s morning political law news

SANCHEZ ON ETHICS. Roll Call reports on some moves on the House Ethics Committee.   The committee’s website isn’t too informative  in terms of listing the Democrats, as of the time of this writing.

TAUZIN MOVES. Billy Tauzin might be joining Alston & Bird.

SOTU ON LOBBYISTS. President Obama mentioned lobbyists last night.

Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done — put that information online. And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it. I will veto it. (Applause.)

I’d love to discuss this over a steaming hot cup of Caribou Coffee.

EARMARK VETO PROMISE. Also last night.  “President Barack Obama picked a fight Tuesday with his Senate Democratic colleagues over earmarks – and he’s well-positioned to win this battle against the parochial projects.”

REP. RIVERA IN THE NEWS. Politico reports.

PRESIDENT SAYS FIX PUBLIC FINANCING. More on recent legislation terminating public financing here.  “The Obama administration issued a statement strongly opposing a House bill that would eliminate the public financing system for presidential primaries and campaigns, arguing the system must be ‘fixed rather than dismantled.'”  Salant report that the program faces the ax here.  An op-ed opposed to the system is available here.

SEN. BROWN’S BOOK TOUR. A new advisory opinion request has been made to the Federal Election Commission.  News here.


HAVE A GOOD DAY. The DC area is expecting some snow so that’s always a fun time.  See you tomorrow.

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