Political law links for Tuesday, Nov. 1st

CAIN AND PRIVATE CHARITY ISSUES. The Post. “‘It looks like a law school exam on potential campaign-finance violations,’ said Lawrence H. Norton of Womble Carlyle, a former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission.”

JOINT GUIDANCE REGARDING REDISTRICTING.  From the House Ethics Committee.  “While congressional redistricting is constitutionally mandated, the redistricting process is a state function with little direct effect on our official duties as Members of the 112th Congress.  Nonetheless, our Committees recogoize that redistricting can affect Members’ official work in various ways, and we write to offer guidance on what Members may and may not do with official resources where redistricting is concerned.”

FCC PICKS.  Politico.  “Ending months of speculation in Washington telecom circles, President Barack Obama formally nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Varadaraj Pai as FCC commissioners Monday night.”

CORZINE FIRM QUESTIONS.  The Times.  “Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday.”

SEARCH STRATEGY AND MICROSITES.  ClickZ.  “Search, display, and other online advertising are typically employed by political campaigns early on in elections to drum up donations, and build the all-important supporter email list to be used throughout the campaign season for volunteer organizing, fundraising – and later voter mobilization.”

SOLYNDRA ASSET AUCTION.  The Times.  “Taxpayers will probably have to wait until later in the month, when Solyndra’s intellectual property and real estate will be sold in a separate proceeding, before learning whether they will recover any money from the company’s bankruptcy. Under a deal approved by the Energy Department during the company’s final months, private investors are entitled to recover $69 million from the asset sales before the government gets any money.”


NAMING YOUR PAC.  Roll Call.  “As a general rule, political action committees try not to draw too much attention to themselves, and that begins with a generic name. But some politicians and fundraisers are setting aside caution and having a little fun.”

CURRIE’S DEFENDERS. The Post. “The parade of sympathetic politicians has emerged as a key part of Currie’s defense in his lengthy trial on bribery charges. The defense is expected to rest Monday. After more than five weeks of testimony, the case is expected to go to the jury this week.”

NO DIRECT EVIDENCE OF JOB PROMISE. The Post. “A congressional committee has launched an official probe into allegations by Sulaimon Brown, the fired D.C. government employee and former mayoral candidate who says that Mayor Vincent C. Gray promised him a job and that he received payments from two members of Gray’s campaign for attacks on then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty last year.”

PALM BEACH COUNTY LOBBYIST RULES. Story here. “Lobbyists who are paid to push issues and projects in any of Palm Beach County’s 38 cities and towns may soon have to register as part of a countywide initiative to track their efforts.”


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