Koch, Colbert, (c)(4)’s, and birth certificate fundraising in today’s political law links

COPY OF KOCH SITE CASE. Volokh covers Koch Industries v. Does here.  “In this case, a group called ‘Youth for Climate Truth’ copied the Koch Industries website (kochind.com) and created a fake website designed to look just like it at koch-inc.com.”  Orin Kerr writes that the case was correctly decided against Koch.

QUESTIONING THE (C)(4) QUESTIONS. Politico. “Five Republican Senators are raising questions about the IRS’ recent crackdown on large political donations to 501(c)(4) groups, noting historically the IRS has not enforced the provisions and raising the possibility that constitutional rights are being violated.”  Roll Call has the story hereThe Times notes developments here.

BOUCHER LANDS. Roll Call. “Former Rep. Rick Boucher, who lost his seat in last year’s midterm elections, has landed a post-Hill career as leader of law firm Sidley Austin’s new government strategies practice.”


IF LINCOLN AND DOUGLAS WERE ALIVE TODAY. They’d be on YouTube?  The Hill discusses YouTube’s new Town Hall channel here.  The channel is here.

RECOVERING STANFORD DONATIONS. Story here.  “Since [Allen] Stanford’s arrest in 2009, a court-appointed receiver for the Houston-based Stanford Financial Group has been struggling to reclaim investor funds paid out to in-house and contract lobbyists, financial advisers and others whose services may have helped enable the scheme.”

UBS IN DC. The Post. “The company has dramatically increased its involvement in politics in recent decades, even as the bank has paid off three large federal settlements over the past three years.”

COLBERT BACKLASH. WSJ. “Mr. Colbert decided to set up a political action committee (PAC) of his own. So far, though, the joke’s been on him.”




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