Daniels, Cain, Pawlenty news, super PACs, the impact of CU nationwide and more political law links today

NO FOR DANIELS. Politico. “Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told supporters in an email early Sunday that he will not run for president in 2012, a decision he said ultimately came down to his family’s reticence about a campaign.”


PAWLENTY MAKING MADE IT OFFICIAL?. Roll Call. UPDATEThe Times: “In another slickly produced video that has become a hallmark of his campaign, Mr. Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota, confirmed Sunday night that he would officially begin his bid for his party’s nomination in Iowa on Monday.”  Politico.

EGGEN ON SUPER PACS. The Post.  “A contentious special election in Upstate New York has quickly become a test run of sorts for 2012 as outside political groups pump more than $2 million into an obscure three-way House contest.”

ECHOES OF CU. The Post. “The court’s January 2010 decision freeing corporations and unions to spend whatever they like for and against candidates wiped out laws in 24 states banning such spending. Only Montana still wages a lonely court battle to maintain the ban.”

UNION SUPPORT DEVELOPMENTS. The Post. “Some of the nation’s largest labor unions are cutting back dramatically on their financial support to the Democratic Party, saying they are highly frustrated with the failure of Democrats to put up stronger resistance to Republican proposals opposed by labor.”

FCC REVOLVING DOOR. Issa’s interested.  Politico.

HOERSTING ON DRAFT EO. Here.  “Call it the ‘Pennsylvania Avenue Project.’ By executive order, President Obama would compel corporations bidding on federal contracts to disclose any payments to trade associations or advocacy organizations expected to speak out in the coming election, and all political contributions made personally by the corporation’s executives.”

COLBERT’S SNAG. Matthew Mosk reports on developments here.

POLITICAL LAW PODCAST. A few months ago a few practitioners and a professor recorded a podcast on political law and it’s available online here.  I was exploring politics offerings on itunes and found this one.

BILL RICHARDSON’S RETURN TO HEADLINES. The Times. “Prosecutors accuse Judge [Michael] Murphy of advising a judicial candidate several years ago that if she wanted to increase her chances of getting a judgeship, she should deliver cash in an envelope to a Democratic Party operative, who would pass it along to Mr. Richardson, who was in his second term as governor.”

NEVADA CAMPAIGN FINANCE BILL MOVES. Story here.  “The bill sought by Secretary of State Ross Miller would require on-line filing of campaign contribution and expense reports by most candidates and require earlier reporting of the information so voters could review the data before casting their ballots.”

ALLEGATIONS IN MD. The Post. “Last week, [Jack] Johnson pleaded guilty to two felony charges, admitting in court that he took more than $400,000 in bribes while he ran Prince George’s, one of the Washington area’s largest suburban counties. Johnson’s plea was the nadir of a public career that spanned 16 years at the heights of power in Prince George’s, first as the county’s top prosecutor and then two terms as county executive.”


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