Political law links for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LIMBO FOR DONORS.  Roll Call.  “The extended Republican presidential primary has left many GOP donors paralyzed — unsure of whether to invest in the upcoming battle against President Barack Obama or focus on Congressional races.”

SUPER PAC AND BACHUS RACE.  Story here.  “Beason, Bachus’ most serious challenger, hasn’t raised much money. But an outside super PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, has aired anti-Bachus TV ads.”

CORPORATE MONEY CAMPAIGN.  The Hill.  “Liberal interest groups, watchdogs and unions on Monday threatened to boycott, protest and publicly embarrass corporations that spend money trying to sway the outcome of the November election.”

SUPER PAC VA.  Story here.  “Republican operative Paul Bennecke formed Independence Virginia Political Action Committee with the Federal Election Commission Friday with the sole intention of electing Allen to the U.S.  Senate in Virginia over Democrat Tim Kaine.”

ORANGE DONATIONS.  The Post.  “Mr. Orange initially brushed off questions about money orders donated to his 2011 special-election campaign as a political ploy by opponents seeking to unseat him in the April 3 Democratic primary.”

FORMS ACCESS AND OGE.  Story here.  “The U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Monday made financial disclosure reports and certain other ethics-related documents more readily accessible to the public.”

SODA TAX LOBBYING.  News here.  “Efforts to enact such levies have foundered in 30 states.”

“THAT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.”  The Post.  “Nearly seven in 10 registered voters would like super PACs to be illegal, including more than half who feel that way strongly, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.”

SETTLEMENT IN MA CASE.  Story here.  “The primary opposition group in the fight against the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm and one of its former board members have agreed to pay the state $22,500 to settle a complaint over radio ads aired in the lead-up to the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election that state officials say broke campaign finance laws.”

MT COMPUTERS CRASH.  Story here.  “Most campaign finance reports filed by statewide political candidates weren’t available for public viewing during business hours on the filing day Monday for fear of crashing state computer system databases.”


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