Public financing and EAC termination, STOCK Act views, Waters ethics, and more political law links

CONGRESS WATCH’S LISA GILBERT ON STOCK ACT. Here. “This issue is not a partisan one, but one of ethics, and so it seems likely that the bill will continue to garner the momentum it needs to become law. Hopefully more members will join in this bipartisan effort to apply the insider trading laws uniformly across Congress and head off both the perception and the reality of scandals that otherwise may ensue.”  Is the STOCK Act a hot item?  The Post:  “But now, as the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee prepares to hold the first of two congressional hearings on the topic, Slaughter’s Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act has become an overnight sensation.”

SUPER PAC ATTRACTION.  The Post.  “Each of the top presidential candidates already has at least one super PAC raising unlimited funds to support his or her campaign. Now some members of Congress are getting in on the action, too.”

TERMINATING PUBLIC FINANCING AND THE EAC. H.R. 3463 is set for House consideration todayThe Times editorializes on these topics today.

WATERS ETHICS MATTER IN THE NEWS.  Politico.  “The outside counsel investigating the House Ethics Committee’s handling of the case against Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters may his miss his year-end deadline to complete the probe.”

POLITICAL LAW NEWS YOU CAN USE. A new entry at Womble Carlyle’s Political GPS site is available here.

PAY TO PLAY VIDEO.  The Pay to Play Law Blog hosts a video of Stefan Passantino and Karl Sandstrom discussing pay to play and other issues here.

MUST SEE POLITICAL LAW TV. Politico notes that the pilot of a new PBS series will feature the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United. Story here.

TODAY AT THE FEC. The agenda for today’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

FEDS: FORMER CHAIRS’ TESTIMONY IRRELEVANT. Politico. “Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to reject an effort by former Sen. John Edwards’s defense team to call two former Federal Election Commission members as expert witnesses on campaign finance law at his upcoming criminal trial.”

LIU REFUNDING.  Story here.  “Embattled city Comptroller John Liu, facing heat over his 2013 mayoral campaign finances, returned more than $20,000 in donations last week amid federal investigations.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY.  For the first three weeks of December I’ll be posting Monday through Thursday, so the next set of links will appear on Monday, Dec. 5th.  During the last week of December there won’t be any new posts, unless extraordinary events warrant.  All of this time away from the site will give me a some moments to work on a new project that will hopefully see the light of day in early 2012 as the site nears its four year anniversary in January.

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