Hearing today, Twitter getting political, ethics stress, and more political law links

TWITTER GETTING POLITICAL.  ClickZ.  “There appears to be growing interest in Twitter advertising from political and advocacy advertisers. The company is seeking two new account execs in its Washington, D.C. office. According to Twitter’s corporate site, the firm is looking for a full-time account executive and a full-time account manager in D.C., where it has a small office dedicated to public policy and political ad sales.”

“SUPER PACS:  MONEY WELL SPENT.”  John Samples writes here.  “Denouncing money in elections is a hardy perennial in America. But the early Republican primaries, far from being an embarrassment to democracy, are something to be proud of. Voters need to hear the worst about candidates to make the best choice on Election Day.”

VAN HOLLEN V. FEC.  Are you going?  It’s at 10 a.m., Courtroom 3, Second Floor.  See you there.

SUPER PACS AND 12.  Story here.  “Super PACs can accept as big a check as a donor wants to write. They can spend it advocating particular candidates, too. The caveat is they are not supposed to directly coordinate with the candidate in question.”

BARBOUR’S BACK.  Roll Call.  “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), who left office today, wasted no time in lining up his next career move. As expected, the former uber-lobbyist and founder of BGR Group will return to his old firm, the lobby shop announced today.”

DONATION BAN CASE.  Politico.  “The century-old ban on corporate donations to federal political campaigns should be junked as unconstitutional, the Republican National Committee argued in a legal brief filed Tuesday that could lead to new attacks on the GOP as beholden to corporate money.”

UNION MONEY CASE HEARD.  Story here.  “State employees in California have two options: join the Service Employees International Union or refuse membership and still be required to pay non-member dues. Either way, union officials must provide very specific notice and accounting information if they intend to use non-members’ dues money for political purposes.”

STRESSED?  News here.  “Compliance and ethics professionals also report that keeping up with new and changing laws and regulations, preventing compliance and ethics violations, and remediating compliance and ethics violations are the greatest contributors to on-the-job stress.”

LOBBYING WORTH IT.  Story here.  “Despite a ban on earmarks that once helped fund local pet projects, Colorado’s municipalities still pour hundreds of thousands of dollars a year into lobbying here in hopes of stopping legislation or gaining good graces with members of Congress.”

NOT VERY INVITING.  News from Hawaii here.  “The executive director of the State Ethics Commission issued two memos Monday to state legislators informing them that he was advising against accepting invitations to events hosted by lobbyists.”

URANIUM LOBBYING.  News here.  “Virginia Uranium Inc. says a mine in Chatham could generate thousands of jobs and pump billions into the anemic regional economy over the venture’s 35-year life.”


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