WATERS DEVELOPMENTS. Roll Call. “Plagued by infighting, allegations of improprieties and the collapse of its investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters, the Ethics Committee on Wednesday took the unprecedented step of hiring an outside counsel to review the panel’s operations and decide whether the probe of the California Democrat can move forward.”
CHAMBER LOBBYING. Roll Call. “The nation’s biggest business lobby, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was among the top spenders on Washington lobbying in the second quarter of the year.”
FEC MEETING. The agenda for today’s meeting at the Federal Election Commission is online here.
WILL BUNDLERS BE BACK? Politico. “For reasons ranging from disillusion and dissatisfaction to an overriding sense that the once idealistic Obama crusade has become yet another soulless political behemoth, that inspired cadre of early Obama supporters has largely been replaced by professional Democratic Party operatives.”
K STREET BLUES. Politico. “After more than a decade of widespread revenue increases — often in the double digits — Washington’s largest lobbying shops are facing a slump.”
LOBBYISTS AND THE GANG OF SIX. The Hill.
TWITTER FACEOFF. Politico. “The first-ever Twitter presidential debate on Wednesday afternoon was a chance for the six participating Republican candidates to showcase their differing levels of social media savvy.”
NEW SUPER PAC. Politico. “Ron Paul supporters have formed a Super PAC to put more money and muscle behind the Texas congressman’s presidential campaign.”
WALL STREET SUPPORT MEASURED. The Post.
PAKISTAN MILITARY AND CONGRESS. The Times. “The secret financing of the Kashmiri American Council resulted in criminal charges unsealed this week against Ghulam Nabi Fai, the executive director of the group. According to court documents, he met dozens of times with lawmakers and set up annual conferences on Capitol Hill at the request of the spy agency — even as a network of straw political donors, reimbursed by the Pakistan military, made as much as $100,000 a year in campaign contributions. Foreign governments are not permitted to make donations to American political candidates.”
WHO WAS DENIED TAX EXEMPT STATUS? The Times reports. “The I.R.S. denied tax exemption to the groups — Emerge Nevada, Emerge Maine and Emerge Massachusetts — because, the agency wrote in denial letters, they were set up specifically to cultivate Democratic candidates.”
“TWEETING WITHOUT CHEATING.” Later today I’m pleased to be taking part in a Public Affairs Council webinar on lobbying and social media. I’ll be posting some of the resources I mention in my talk here next week.
HAVE A GOOD DAY.