DRAFT CONTRACTOR EO AND DISCLOSE ACT UPDATE. The Hill. “The Obama administration has all but abandoned its push to require federal contractors to disclose their political donations.”
AD UNCERTAINTY. Roll Call.”A court ruling rejecting Federal Election Commission disclosure requirements as too lax has left political players unsure how much they need to report about the financing of issue ads, making the agency a battleground in the dispute over secret money in 2012.”
COVINGTON E-ALERT ON VAN HOLLEN. What now?
NEW LIMITS ON LOBBYIST? The Times. “Tough new limits proposed on the way special interests could court executive branch officials have prompted a fierce counterattack from lobbyists who fear they will end a cherished Washington ritual: hosting federal workers at events like conferences, cocktail parties, galas and movie screenings.”
THE FUNDRAISING GAME AND 12. Story here. “As the general election for president unofficially begins, its funding will be marked by two firsts: For the first time in the post-Watergate era, neither candidate will use public funds, and the super PACs created as a result of a 2010 Supreme Court ruling will have their first chance to wield their unlimited contributions from wealthy individuals, corporations, and labor unions as the nation selects a president.”
EDITORIAL ON FEC REFORM. The Times.
ROMNEY FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE ATTACK. The Hill.
ADS AGAINST OBAMA. The Times. “With an anticipated bank account of more than $200 million, officials at American Crossroads said they would probably begin their campaign this month.”
RNC BOOST. Story here. “Once teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and irrelevance, the Republican National Committee has raised more than $110 million over the past 15 months and retired more than half its debt, accumulating large cash reserves that could give Mitt Romney a critical boost later this spring as he intensifies his campaign against President Obama.”
HAVE A COKE AND VOTER ID? Story here. “Coca-Cola Co. has terminated its relationship with a conservative group seen by some as an incubator for a string of new state voter ID laws and a marketer of laws like Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense statute.”
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