Good morning, here are political law links for Thursday, Oct. 27th

MONEY IN POLITICS VIDEO.  Check out Politico’s excellent money in politics video series.  Today’s set of videos features former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and Wiley Rein partner Michael Toner.

EDWARDS AND ENSIGN.  Politico.  “Defense lawyers for former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), who’s facing criminal campaign finance charges for arranging for two supporters to pay his mistress’s expenses, are invoking a similar episode involving former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) in their bid to get the charges against Edwards dismissed, according to the Associated Press.”  More here.  “Attorneys for former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards today launched a blistering attack on the prosecution’s campaign finance misuse case, calling the government’s theory ‘crazy’ and ‘radical.'”

SUPER PAC CASH RACE.  The Post.  “While the re-elect effort itself and the DNC have so far outraised the Republicans, the Democratic super PACs, or independent expenditures, have shown anemic results.”

ONLINE POLITICAL AD INFO?  Maybe, says this report.  “The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a notice of proposed rule making that could require broadcasters to post information about political ads and other data on the Internet.”

PERRY DISCLAIMER ISSUE.  Politico.  “The Rick Perry TV spot that went on air in Iowa last night and this morning in markets statewide appears to be missing a portion of the required Federal Election Commission disclaimer.”

KEVIN RING SENTENCED.  WSJ Blog.  “On Wednesday, Ring was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff corruption conspiracy, where the high-powered ex-lobbyist funneled trips, meals and other goodies to people in the Bush administration and on Capitol Hill.”  The Post has coverage here.

SCOTT COMPLAINT DISMISSED.  Story here.  “The state Commission on Ethics on Wednesday rejected the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ charge that political contributions spurred Gov. Rick Scott to push for prison privatization.”

FINE IN KANSAS.  Story here.  “Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s campaign was fined $5,000 Wednesday for mistakes made in filing expense and contribution reports for the 2010 election.”


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