CU, Facebook, Super PACs, and more political law links for today

CU, FACEBOOK, AND MORE. What happened at the Federal Election Commission meeting yesterday?  The agency’s press release is here. Roll Call has a story on the meeting here.  Kate Kaye of ClickZ has a report on the Facebook advisory opinion request here.

DISCLOSURE DEADLINE. Roll Call. “More than one-fifth of House lawmakers — 92 of the 439 sitting Members and Delegates — failed to meet the May 15 deadline for filing their annual financial disclosure forms, according to the Clerk of the House, which released the documents Wednesday.”  The Post looks at what some of the reports show here.

CAREY CASE PI. Roll Call. “Under U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer’s decision in the case Carey v. Federal Election Commission, a PAC may use soft money for independent expenditures and donate hard money to federal candidates as long as the funds are kept in different accounts.”

ACCESS TO GOOGLE AD PROGRAM IN THE NEWS. Politico. “Google denied Wednesday that it gave President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign special access to a new advertising program, something a sales representative from the search and advertising giant had claimed in an email to customers.”

TIMES ON JUDICIAL ELECTIONS AND RECUSAL. The Times has this editorial on the topic.

RANGEL CONDO SOLD. Bloomberg reports.  “U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, censured last year by the House for ethics violations, sold his Dominican Republic villa that prominently figured in the charges.”

CORPORATE ETHICS PROGRAMS A PRIORITY. HR Executive Online covers developments in corporate ethics programs here.  “Experts attribute the trend toward a direct reporting relationship between the chief ethics officer and the CEO, HR leader or board of directors to top executives’ desires to have assurance that the chief ethics and compliance officer has both the access and independence necessary to perform his or her role.”

A VERDICT AND NEW LOBBYING “RULES” IN MA. Story here.  “The Legislature passed an ethics reform package in 2009 that broadened the definition of a lobbyist and put tighter restrictions on gifts to lawmakers. The new rules — passed in response to a string of scandals, including the DiMasi case — have increased the number of registered lobbyists as anyone who works as a strategist or a consultant on any piece of legislation now has to register with the secretary of state’s office.”

RECORDED CONVERSATIONS ARE PART OF THE EVIDENCE IN ALABAMA CASE. Story here.  “In a secretly recorded conversation played in federal court on Tuesday, lobbyist Jarrod Massey offers state Sen. Scott Beason millions to use in campaign races and for working for a public relations firm where gambling interests would send business.”


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