Good morning, here are political law links for Thurs., 2/23/12

COPYRIGHT CLAIM IN EDITORIAL CONTROVERSY. The Detroit News complained about the Romney campaign’s use of an editorial. More here.

RUSH ON PAUL TRAVEL ISSUES. Roll Call. “Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh wondered today whether the hosts of tonight’s GOP presidential nomination debate will ask Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) about repeatedly being double reimbursed for flights.”

GINGRICH CAMPAIGN LETTERS. Washington Times. “Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign has received a second warning from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for widespread financial irregularities, saying the campaign must disclose why nearly $1 million was paid to the candidate, staff and a small group of fundraising consultants for questionable reimbursements.”

PELOSI-COLBERT CAMPAIGN REFORMS.  The Hill.  “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) appeared on Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ Wednesday to promote new campaign finance legislation.”


SUPER PAC OVERSIGHT.  LA Times.  “Much of the focus on super PACs has been on their ability to raise unlimited sums from a cadre of super-rich donors. Less attention has been paid to how they use their money — and the fact that they do not have to contend with the same kind of internal scrutiny as the candidates and political parties they support.”

SUPER PAC CASH XFER.  Story here.  “The 9-9-9 Fund, a super PAC that spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year in support of Herman Cain’s now-defunct presidential campaign, will donate its remaining cash to a super PAC bearing Cain’s name that formed shortly after the candidate dropped out of the race last year.”

SENATORS WRITE FCC FOR DISCLOSURE.  Story here.  “Eight Democratic senators have given their ‘full support’ to a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that could force more disclosure regarding political ads.”

SMALL DONOR GAP.  The Post.  “But look more deeply at the numbers, and a trend emerges: Romney is getting considerably less support from small-dollar donors, those who give less than $200 at a time.”

FINE FOR EMAIL USE. Story here. “A former aide to Sarah Palin has been fined for violating the state’s ethics law.”

COLORADO REWRITE.  Story here.  “Secretary of State Scott Gessler adopted a full rewrite of Colorado’s campaign finance rules Wednesday, a move critics say is outside of his authority and will allow big money to dominate elections.”


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