Political law links for Tues., March 27th

R AND D POLS IN TWITTERVERSE. Roll Call. “Though lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have embraced social networking as a way to communicate with their constituents, Republicans might be doing it better.”

SEC AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. Story here. “Some campaign reformers have thus turned their attention to the Securities and Exchange Commission, urging it to pass a rule that all publicly traded companies must disclose political spending to shareholders—this would reveal exactly what business interests are trying to influence the election, and in the eyes of most experts, lead to dramatically reduced corporate electioneering.”

JEFFERSON LOSES APPEAL. Story here. “The case earned national attention when investigators found $90,000 in bribe money stuffed into the freezer of his Washington home. A legal battle over the raid of his Washington office also reached the highest levels of the U.S. government.”

NO MORE MONEY ORDERS IN DC? Story here. “Nearly a quarter-million dollars in money orders have helped keep D.C. campaigns flush with cash in recent years, benefiting some of the same city politicians now considering all but banning the donations after a raid on the office of a prominent political patron.”

IOWA TO LOOK AT LOBBYIST SPENDING. Story here. “Lobbying groups’ ability to spend unlimited amounts of money for events that wine and dine lawmakers will be a focus of discussion Thursday at a House Ethics Committee Meeting.”

COMPLAINT IN MD. Story here. “A former Bush administration official with political ties in Maryland has filed a formal ethics complaint against Democratic state Sen. Rob Garagiola for failing to disclose income he received as a lobbyist on state disclosure forms.”

LIU AND NYC UPDATE. Story here. “​In unsurprising news, City Comptroller John Liu doesn’t feel like chatting much about his ongoing campaign finance controversy.”

JAMAICA AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE. Story here. “The ‘…emerging wisdom on Campaign Financing is that there is no perfect or permanent legislation that can be formulated. Whatever measures are put in place, efforts will be made to circumvent them and to find loopholes, thus requiring new measures’, said the [Electoral Commission of Jamaica] in its report.”


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