Good morning, here are today’s political law links for Tues., April 10th

SUPER PAC SHOWDOWN.  Politico.  “National Democrats are banking on a long-shot strategy to shield President Barack Obama from an expected onslaught of outside GOP spending in the 2012 election: nuking the messengers.”

NEW LOBBYIST RULES?  Story here.  “The board of the American League of Lobbyists wants advocates to be more up front about their lobbying activities.”  More here.

SUPER PAC DONATION IN THE NEWS.  Story here.  “The story began when $25,000 from the Every Republican Is Crucial Political Action Committee was given to the anti-incumbent ‘super PAC’ Campaign for Primary Accountability.”

SOCIAL MEDIA AND CAMPAIGNING. Story here.  “It took only two minutes. An unfounded report on a little-known blog claiming that Gov. Nikki R. Haley was about to be indicted rocketed from South Carolina political circles into national circulation, along the way becoming the latest lesson in the perils of an instantaneous news culture.”

NEW PAC IN THE NEWS.  Story here.  “Netflix has issued an official statement saying that neither SOPA nor PIPA is behind their formation of the PAC.”

NEW PAC IN THE NEWS II.  Story here.  “The banker SuperPAC, ‘Friends of Traditional Banking’, is a project of the Utah Bankers Association PAC, and includes representatives from 10 other state banking PACs on its Advisory Council, according to its website.”

ZUCKERMAN ON SUPER PACS.  Here.  “Cynicism has deepened about our political system. But what we can say is that additional funding has changed races that would otherwise not have been competitive. And what is the alternative? Direct government funding of political campaigns, when incumbent legislators would be writing the campaign finance rules? Or requiring television companies to offer certain free time to the parties, as is done in Britain with party political broadcasts that are not very popular?”

FCC MOVE ON POLITICAL FILES.  Story here.  “The FCC is moving the politically charged item just as TV stations are getting ready to air more than $3 billion in political advertising in what is likely to be one of the most expensive elections ever.”

FCC MEETING AGENDA.  The agenda for April’s FCC meeting is online here.  Among the topics:  “Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Television Stations Report and Order: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that increases transparency and improves public access to community-relevant information by moving the television broadcast station public file from paper to the internet.”


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