Wednesday’s political law links

FINANCIAL SECTOR LOBBYING BOOM.  Roll Call.  “The sector’s lobbyists, who are consumed mostly with the Dodd-Frank law, have seen a boom in business and a hiring bonanza as banks and other operations such as[Dan]  Cohen’s set up shop in the capital for the first time or step up their existing Washington operations.”

WU RESIGNATION DECISION.  Roll Call.  “Rep. David Wu’s announcement Tuesday that he would resign his seat capped off several days of pressure tactics from Democratic leaders, who wanted to avoid a dragged-out scandal such as that of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).”

OFFICIAL TRAVEL COST COMES TO LIGHT.  Politico.  “The Pelosi-led congressional delegation spent $24,336 on commercial flights to get to and from the Motor City, plus $10,046 on expenses, including $275-a-night hotel rooms, taxis and meals, the documents show.”


CUYAHOGA COUNTY REFORMS? Maybe.  “A first stab at campaign finance reform legislation in Cuyahoga County has triggered criticism that proposed contribution limits for county races are far too generous.”  Is $12,000 too high?

SOROS FOUNDATION AND CU-ISSUE GROUP.  Politico.  “Kate Coyne-McCoy, a former EMILY’s list regional director, will be executive director of the coalition of officials who oppose undisclosed political spending. In addition, the organization announced that their operations would be partially funded by a two-year, $400,000 grant awarded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.”

VERMONT LOBBYIST DISCLOSURE IN THE NEWS.  Here.  “But exactly how much was spent on the bill itself is impossible to tell. That’s because Vermont’s lobbyist disclosure law is vague, and the reporting system used to implement it is not specific enough to allow for a dollar-by-dollar accounting, according to lobbyists, good-government advocates and lawmakers.”

GILLUM HIRED.  Look for more links to stories by Jack Gillum, a new AP campaign finance reporter.


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