Good morning, here are today’s political law links

STEVENS REPORT TODAY.  Politico.  “A 500-page report on alleged prosecutorial misconduct in the criminal case against the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) looks likely to be released Thursday, after a federal appeals court refused one prosecutor’s request to block disclosure of the report.”

ETHICS COMMITTEE DELAYS.  Roll Call.  “Just four years after Congress created an outside office to speed up House ethics proceedings, the House Ethics Committee has begun using a pre-existing rule to extend its review of cases past the deadline set by those who developed the guidelines on how the two bodies should work in tandem.”

SUPER PACS AND STATE DINNERS.  The Post.  “The White House extended state dinner invitations to more than 30 of President Barack Obama’s top fundraisers, including a handful of donors to an independent political group backing his re-election effort, an Associated Press review has found.”

SENATORS AND SUPER PACS.  Story here.  “Concerned that the Internal Revenue Service is unfairly targeting tea party-aligned groups, Senate Republicans on Wednesday called on the tax agency to conducts its probes in an ‘even-handed and transparent manner.'”

SOCIAL MEDIA AND 12.  The Times.  “When the Tom Hanks-narrated, Hollywood-style documentary, called “The Road We’ve Traveled,” is set to go online Thursday night, it will appear on a new YouTube platform that enables the Obama campaign to turn the passive experience of watching a video into an organizing and fund-raising tool. The technology will allow viewers to post campaign content to their Facebook pages, volunteer and donate all without having to leave Mr. Obama’s dedicated YouTube page.”

BLAGOJEVICH UPDATE.  Story here.  “Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embraced the public spotlight one last time Wednesday, claiming on the day before he reports to prison that he always believed what he did was legal and expressing faith that an appeal of his corruption convictions will succeed.”

DONOR DOUBLE STANDARD?  The Post.  “In a bid to limit the impact of ‘secret money’ in the 2012 elections, a coalition of liberal-leaning groups announced a campaign this week aimed at pressuring corporations to reveal donations to political groups.  There is one complication, however: Many of the groups behind the effort also don’t disclose their donors to the public.”

NYC CAMPAIGN FINANCE WORKSHOPS.  The Times.  “Concerned about the dampening effect that a fund-raising scandal involving the city comptroller could have on Asian-American voters, the New York City Campaign Finance Board held a workshop on Monday night on the dos and don’ts of campaign finance.”

PART OF IL LAW STRUCK.  Story here.  “U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen sided with Personal PAC, the abortion-rights group that argued the state campaign-finance law violated its free-speech protections in the U.S. Constitution.”

IL’S FIRST SUPER PAC.  Story here.  “A little after noon Wednesday, the abortion rights organization that convinced a federal judge to toss out part of Illinois’ 2009 campaign contribution law created its own independent-expenditure political action committee in order to accept unlimited contributions.”


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