Political law links for Wednesday, August 24

THE QUAKE AT THE COMMISSION.  The Federal Election Commission building apparently made it through yesterday’s earthquake visibly undamaged.  The building dates back to the 30’s.  Per a National Register of Historic Places registration form, “The nine-story building was designed by Waddy B. Wood in 1930 as an office building for the Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). The building is clad in a limestone veneer over a steel frame. The restrained ornament and neoclassical features place the Pepco Building as a skillful example of the Art Deco style. The first two stories of the center three bays on the 10th Street elevation and the nine center bays on the E Street elevation are framed by giant pilasters, creating dramatic entrances on both facades. An incised Greek fret frieze delineates the division between the third and fourth stories. Sculpted bas-relief panels separate the windows on the eighth floor. In addition, the eighth story is surmounted by a projecting entablature.”

THE MONEY CHASE.  Politico.   “Even with a slowdown in fundraising during the debt ceiling debate last month, Democratic Party committees have raised $24 million more this year than their Republican counterparts – a money gap more than twice as large as the Democratic advantages at similar points in either of the previous two election cycles.”


AMAZON PLAYING IN BALLOT MEASURE.  Story here.  “Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has added $2.25 million to an effort to void a California law requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases by state residents, a campaign-finance filing shows.”

WHO FILED LATE IN GEORGIA?  Story here.  “The state Ethics Commission has released a list of Georgia elected officials who the commission says missed a deadline to disclose their campaign finances by June 30 — and some elected officials in Cowea County are included on that list.”

ETHICS REWRITE.  Story here.  “The governor’s staff sent out a statement Tuesday saying Quinn had used his amendatory veto to rewrite a bill so that it would impose tough ethics restrictions on Illinois lawmakers if they approved the bill during the fall veto session.But that was a mistake.”


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