Super PACs, super committees, super disclosure, super political law links today

SUPER PAC VIEW.  Charlie Spies addresses Restore Our Future in this USAT editorial.  “The activities of Super PACs, such as Restore Our Future, are not only constitutionally protected, but also are important for our democracy because they add voices to the political discourse. Restore Our Future will continue to fully comply with the law and will not be silenced by critics who disagree with our viewpoint.”

AFL-CIO JOINS SUPER PAC CLUB.  Politico.  “The super PAC — which officials discussed at an executive meeting earlier this month and plan to seek final approval for in the next few weeks — would help the labor group direct funds to state battles where legislative efforts aimed at limiting collective bargaining and cutting union benefits are being considered.”

SUPER COMMITTEE SUPER DISCLOSURE.  The Times.   “Senator David Vitter, a Republican of Louisiana, has made a start by introducing a bill that would require committee members to disclose all contributions of more than $1,000 — within 48 hours of receiving them.”

MSRB RULES UPDATE.  Here.  “Under the MSRB’s proposed Rule G-42, municipal advisors would be prohibited from conducting business with municipal entities for compensation for two years if they make certain political contributions to state or local government officials with authority to hire municipal advisors. Municipal advisors also would be banned for two years from soliciting certain types of business engagements from municipal entities on behalf of others and from receiving compensation for prior solicitations.”

FAIRNESS DOCTRINE UPDATE.  The Hill.  “Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine.”

SHAYS IN.  Story here.

NEW UNIT IN GA.  Here.  “The commissions that oversee the ethics of elected state legislators and judges are getting help with future investigations. That will come from a new unit inside Georgia’s office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

KENTUCKY COMPLAINT.  Here.  “State law makes it a Class D felony to target state employees for campaign contributions, though they can be asked to give if the request is part of a general solicitation that includes others.”


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