Zuck, air Claire, T-camp (not tea) and a few other political law links for today

WHAT’S UP WITH ETHICS? Roll Call reports.  “Following a year in which it conducted more than 100 inquiries and a rare public trial, the House Ethics Committee has had a glacial start in the 112th Congress.”

HATCH AND… ZUCK. The Hill. “Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a Tea Party target who’s expected to face a tough primary next year, will host a discussion on social media with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.”

AIR CLAIRE. Politico reports.  “She’s spent nearly $76,000 in public funds since 2007 to fly on a charter plane she co-owns with her husband and other investors, a POLITICO analysis of public records show.”  The Post‘s story is here.

TCAMP11. “T” for “transparency,” not “tea.”  Transparency Camp 2011 is coming soon and more information is available here.  “[T]his “unconference” for opengov has brought together government officials, technologists, journalists and advocates to share their knowledge about how best to use new technologies and policies to make our government really work for the people.”

DONOR DISCLOSURE. The Post covers disclosure issues here.  “Under the tax code, interest groups active in campaigns are allowed to form as nonprofits and keep donor rolls private as long as politics is not their ‘primary purpose,’ which typically means that no more than half of their budget is spent on election activity.”  At the time of this post, the link on the paper’s “politics” page is “How the IRS is helping Rove-linked group.”

NJ LOBBYING. An overview of lobbying spending in New Jersey appears here.

CFR IN WASHINGTON STATE. Here’s an update.  “With a unanimous vote, the state Senate has passed a much-needed bill to tighten campaign-finance regulations and increase criminal sanctions and fines up to $10,000 for serious violations.”


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