Political law links for 2/24/12

MIXED PURPOSE TRAVEL RULES IN THE NEWS. Story here. “The act of presidential piggybacking — coupling official duties, in this case a speech on the economy, with political fundraising — was not pioneered by Obama but is prominently on display this year.”

MOLINARI TO GOOGLE. Story here. “Former New York congresswoman Susan Molinari has signed on to be Google Inc’s top lobbyist in Washington at a time when the search engine company faces growing regulatory challenges.”

SUPER PAC FUNDRAISING APPEARANCE. Story here. “Off the campaign trail today, Rick Santorum is appearing at a fundraiser for his super PAC in Dallas.”

SUPER PAC SIMILARITY. Politico. “The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is out with a new ad, ‘Saved,’ that features the time when Romney helped track down the 14-year-old daughter of a Bain Capital colleague. The footage in the ad appears identical to a Romney for President ad released in 2007, during Romney’s last run for president: same music, same images, and same narration from Robert Gay, the father of the missing girl.”

PALIN EMAIL DUMP. News here. “Thursday’s release includes 17,736 records, or 34,820 pages, generally spanning from October 2008 until Palin’s resignation, in July 2009.”

DELAYED VOTE ON LIMITS.  Story here.  “After a heated hearing Thursday, the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission put off a controversial vote to more than double the limits on how much candidates can accept in campaign contributions. But in a separate vote that could also have a big effect on how elections are run in Los Angeles, the commission moved to shorten the length of the fundraising season.”

NH ROBOCALL ISSUES.  News here.  “The state Attorney General’s office says the Newt Gingrich campaign engaged in illegal behavior during the New Hampshire Primary, but there will not be prosecution.”


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