Friday’s political law links

ECONOMY HITS K STREET.  The Hill.   “After a banner year in 2010, many of K Street’s biggest shops have seen their lobbying revenue decline this year, a trend that has continued in recent months.”


SOLYNDRA LOBBYIST ISSUE.  Story here.  “The Glover Park Group LLC did $20,000 of work for Solyndra after registering as its lobbyist in July, according to documents filed yesterday. Solyndra never paid the firm, according to Joel Johnson, a Glover Park managing director.”

AMA AND THE SUPERCOMMITTEE.  Story here.  “The AMA spent more than $7.2 million on lobbying in the third quarter of this year, according to disclosure records that became public Thursday. That’s a 66 percent jump over the previous quarter.”

CHAMBER LOBBYING IN THE NEWS.  The Hill.  “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, have spent a total of $45.8 million on lobbying so far this year, according to lobbying disclosure reports.”

MEMBERS URGE SEC ON POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS.  Story here.  “A group of 43 House Democrats is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to require public companies to disclose the political contributions they make, a followup to a 2010 Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the government from banning direct corporate spending in political campaigns.”  The story’s also at this link because there are usually link problems when linking to WSJ stories.

NEWS CORP. PAC UPDATE.  Politico.  “The political action committee of embattled News Corp.’s American subsidiaries ended a brief campaign contribution hiatus, donating cash in September to the campaigns or leadership PACs of eight congressional members — mostly Democrats, according to federal records filed late Thursday.”

FUNDRAISING AND THE SUPERCOMMITTEE.  Story here.  “A review of both Democratic and Republican leadership PAC filings for September found that the members of the supercommittee are taking cash from lobbyists, PACs and industries that may be affected by the panel’s deficit-reduction proposal.”

Q3 CAMPAIGN FINANCE NUMBERS (MINUS SUPER PACS).  The Times.  “All but a few of the presidential candidates are now backed by super PACs, most of them organized by close allies or former aides and financed by their top donors. In some cases, they appear to be planning to spend substantial amounts of money.”

ROMNEY AD STORY.  Here.  “The Romney camp said that the video represented fair use, yet still complied with CNN’s request to pull the ad, according to the network.”  Watch the ad here if you’re interested in assessing the fair use issue for yourself.

NEW LOAN IN THE SPOTLIGHT.  ABC News.  “The loan to Fisker is part of a $1 billion bet the Energy Department has made in two politically connected California-based electric carmakers producing sporty — and pricey — cutting-edge autos. Fisker Automotive, backed by a powerhouse venture capital firm whose partners include former Vice President Al Gore, predicts it will eventually be churning out tens of thousands of electric sports sedans at the shuttered GM factory it bought in Delaware. And Tesla Motors, whose prime backers include PayPal mogul Elon Musk and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, says it will do the same in a massive facility tooling up in Silicon Valley.”

HOYER:  CURRIE “HONEST.”  Story here.  “U.S. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) called state Sen. Ulysses Currie a ‘decent, honest person of integrity’ during an appearance as a defense witness Tuesday in Currie’s trial on bribery charges.”


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