Tuesday’s political law links

EMAILS SHOW SOLYNDRA PUSH. The Post. “Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has been investigating the loan, issued a statement Friday saying the correspondence showed a ‘disturbingly close relationship between President Obama’s West Wing inner circle, campaign donors, and wealthy investors.'”

SUPER PACS 101. Story here.

KOCH IN THE NEWS. The Post. “A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries — in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East — has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the United States identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism.”

KOCH BROTHERS IN THE NEWS.  Politico.  “The billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch plan to steer more than $200 million – potentially much more – to conservative groups ahead of Election Day, POLITICO has learned.”

ABRAMOFF BOOK COMING. News here. “Jack Abramoff has lived several lives: powerful Washington lobbyist, seducer of politicians, swindler of Indian tribes, federal prison inmate, pizza-flipper in Baltimore. And now we are about to be introduced to Abramoff the author!”


ALLEGED REIMBURSED CONTRIBUTIONS. Story here. “The airport van company under investigation by the state Fair Political Practices Commission for potentially laundering campaign contributions to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had similar questionable donations during then-Supervisor Gavin Newsom’s run for mayor in 2003, city campaign finance records show.”


LEADERSHIP PAC POLICY IN THE NEWS.  Politico.  “Wasserman Schultz’s arrangement is perfectly legal but reveals a division in Democratic circles: Obama and the DNC might turn down K Street cash, but their fellow Democrats in Congress go right ahead and take it.”

DURKEE STORY.  Here.  “In Democratic circles, the 58-year-old bookkeeper with at least 398 bank accounts for political campaigns and nonprofit groups had a reputation for being prompt and responsive.”

ALLEGED FLICKR PHOTO USE IN AD.  Politico.  “The keen eyes at Vanity Fair have noticed that in Rick Perry’s new web-only advertisement attacking Mitt Romney’s health care reform policy in Massachusetts, the Perry campaign has apparently used and manipulated a photo from the White House Flickr account.”  If you click through to Vanity Fair, Juli Weiner asks about Rick Perry’s compliance with the terms of use for the White House’s Flickr account.

NYC HOUSEKEEPING ACCOUNTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT.  This Times editorial discusses the state campaign finance law’s “housekeeping account” provision.  “The State Board of Elections says that that money is supposed to go toward maintaining a party’s headquarters and staff or carrying on ‘ordinary activities that are not for the express purpose of promoting the candidacy of specific candidates.’ But the reporting requirements for such contributions are so vague that it is almost impossible for the voters to figure out how the money is actually being spent. That, of course, is what makes these accounts so wildly popular with both contributors and recipients.”

MASS. LOBBYING LAW PLEA.  Story here.  “A close associate of former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi pleaded guilty Friday to state lobbying and campaign finance violations but maintained that he did not intentionally break the law.”


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