Crossroads, House probes, Stevens on CU, and more political law links

END OF THE ROAD FOR CROSSROADS?  The agenda for Thursday’s public meeting of the Federal Election Commission is online here.  TPM has a look at the American Crossroads advisory opinion request here.

OCCUPY THE FEC?  Roll Call.  “As Occupy Wall Street activists vacate public parks around the country, several new advocacy groups have sprung up to pursue OWS-inspired constitutional amendments to limit the influence of money and corporate lobbying in politics.”

FUNDRAISING AND REP. FRANK.  Politico.  “A newly redrawn district would have forced the 71-year-old Frank to raise tons of cash and campaign in parts of the state that he doesn’t now represent after an electoral scare in 2010.”

PROSECUTORS FIGHT THE FORMER CHAIRS IN EDWARDS CASE.  Story here.  “In a document filed in federal court Monday, prosecutors contend that Scott Thomas and Robert Lenhard, former FEC chairmen who have raised questions about the prosecution’s definition of campaign contributions, should not be classified as expert witnesses.”

PROBES CONTINUED.  The Hill.  “The House Ethics Committee is extending a probe into possible ethics violations by Reps. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).”

QUESTIONS ON CASE INVOLVING SEN. STEVENS.  The Post.  “Mr. Holder should ask for an independent assessment of whether the culpable attorneys should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice. The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which polices prosecutors, is conducting its own investigation; Mr. Holder should make its report public, as promised. The Justice Department should refer the report to the state bar associations that licensed these lawyers, so that they may consider disbarment or other punishments. A lawyer who commits acts of bad faith should never be entrusted with the kind of power prosecutors wield.”

PUBLIC FINANCING MOVES.  The Post.  “At some point in 2012, President Obama and his GOP opponent will formally declare whether they plan to take public funding for their general-election campaigns. If House Republicans get their way, there won’t be a choice to make.”

VISITOR LOG DUMP.  Story here.

BERNSTEIN ON STEVENS ON CU.  Yesterday, it was Ann Althouse examining some comments from Justice Stevens on CU.  Today, David Bernstein is puzzled.  Bernstein quotes from a Time Q&A with Stevens online here, where Stevens is quoted:  “I feel strongly that the court made a serious mistake in finding that money is the equivalent of protected speech. If followed out to its logical conclusion, that would have provided First Amendment protection to the Watergate burglars. They were financed with campaign expenditures.”

ELECTNEXT LAUNCH.  ElectNext launched its “eHarmony for voters” platform recently and TechCocktail covers the site here.  It’s not a dating service, but it helps voters find candidates based on questions and your answers.

INDICTMENTS IN NC.  Here.  “A Wake County grand jury today handed down indictments alleging that a top aide to Gov. Bev Perdue’s 2008 campaign schemed to pay a staffer $32,000 for work that was kept off the books in violation of state election laws.”


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