Political law moves and news for Tuesday, March 1st

FORMER FEC CHAIRMAN MOVES. Former FEC Chairman Michael Toner joined Wiley Rein’s Election Law & Government Ethics Practice as co-chair.  The firm’s release is online here.

POLITICAL LAW PRACTICE LAUNCH. McGuireWoods launched a new Political Law Group and the firm’s press release is online here.

KOCH ON KOCH. Politico links to Charles Koch’s WSJ piece here.   “For many years, I, my family and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes working to solve these problems. Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.”

APPLE, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK LOBBYING. The Post reports on lobbying activity of Silicon Valley firms here.  “The lobbying firms that can snag high-paying tech work are poised to do well as the industry ramps up its efforts, even given recent reports that overall lobbying spending has plateaued. After all, the social networking site Twitter, also present at [venture capitalist John] Doerr’s table, has yet to hire its first lobbying firm.”

CALL FOR INVESTIGATION.  Democrats are calling for an investigation involving a matter involving Hunton & Williams.  The Post. “The companies proposed forming a “corporate information reconnaissance cell” and discussed tactics such as creating online personas to infiltrate activist Web sites; planting false information to embarrass U.S. Chamber Watch and other groups; and trolling for personal information using powerful computer software.”

WV ETHICS MEASURE MOVES FORWARD. News here.  “Notably, the Senate reduced the pool of people who would be affected by the bill.  Under the House version, even low-level government employees would be barred from becoming lobbyists within a year of leaving state jobs.”

PG COUNTY ETHICS REFORM MOVES FORWARD. The Post reports.  “A package of ethics reform bills for Prince George’s County is making its way through Maryland’s legislature.”



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