Thursday’s political law links

LIFE AFTER CONGRESS. The Hill. “Several other lawmakers who left Congress at the end of last year took the same tack — allowing for a short period of time to regroup but otherwise returning to work without going on the sort of longer respite that many could argue they deserve. What they’ve found: There is life after Congress, it’s good, and opportunities to continue working on policy abound.”

PAWLENTY CASH CRUNCH? The Post. “At least five top advisers to former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty have been working for little or no pay for several months, a campaign source said Wednesday.”

ETHICS AND REP. HASTINGS. The Post. “The Office of Congressional Ethics has made inquiries into an allegation that Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) sexually harassed a woman who worked on a commission that he once co-chaired, according to the head of the organization that represents her.”

REID SUPER PAC ASK. Center for Responsive Politics.  “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has given his blessing to a new big-money super PAC and authored a fund-raising missive on the group’s behalf, OpenSecrets Blog has learned.”

NEW CONTROVERSY IN MASS. Story here.  “Even as GOP lawmakers outlined their ethics reform proposals yesterday in an effort to restore confidence in the Legislature, a new public corruption scandal was erupting involving lobbyist Richard McDonough, who was convicted last week along with former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi of rigging $17 million in state software contracts for kickbacks.”

BOULDER CITY COUNCIL TAKES ON CU. Story here.  “Next on the Council’s agenda? Deciding whether or not to put a referendum on the November ballot attempting to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling on ‘corporate personhood.'”


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