Wednesday’s political law links

OBAMA’S TAKE.  Politico.  “President Barack Obama has shattered first quarter fundraising records for a White House incumbent by raising $86 million for the first quarter – dwarfing the 2012 GOP field’s total take and breezing past his own target of $60 million.”

SHAREHOLDER PROTECTION ACT SUPPORT.  Lisa Gilbert and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy discuss the Shareholder Protection Act in this Hill editorial.

PEW STUDY ON SMARTPHONES.   I saw that a noted social media pro cited a recent Pew study described here as new motivation for campaigns to go mobile.  According to the report, “A quarter of Americans with smartphones use the devices as their main way to get onto the Internet, the Pew study found. About nine in 10 owners of such devices access the Web and check their e-mail each day through their device.”

WHO’S WINNING THE TWITTER PRIMARY?  Politico.  “Gingrich has a whopping 1.3 million followers on the popular social media site. His three closest Twitter rivals from the 2012 GOP presidential field, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Reps. Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann, all hover around 60,000 followers apiece.”

REP. RYAN AND WINE.  TPM covers a story with a House ethics rule angle.

CIVIL SUIT IN MD ROBOCALL CASE.   Story here.  “U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake refused to halt the the suit, which seeks $168 million in damages from Julius Henson, a political consultant for former governor Bob Ehrlich.”

MAYOR’S RACE FUNDRAISING IN NYC.  The Times.  “The mayoral election is still two years away. Many political analysts believe that by that time, the major contenders all will have raised enough money to qualify for the city’s generous campaign finance matching program, which particularly rewards contributions from small-dollar donors. Each dollar that a New York City resident gives, up to $175, is matched by $6 in public funds, with a maximum of $3.5 million in matching funds during the primary.”


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