Political law links (Thurs., April 12, 2012)

MCCAIN’S EXCESS.  Washington Times.  “The dormant 2008 presidential apparatus of John McCain this year transferred nearly $9 million in old donations to an educational charity run by three major political supporters that bears the Arizona senator’s name, filings showed Tuesday.”

SUPER PACS’ EXCESS.  Story here.  “When a presidential candidate throws in the towel, what can a ‘super’ PAC that once supported the campaign spend its money on?”

SUPER PAC READIES.  The Hill.  “The nation’s largest labor federation is bolstering its super-PAC as the 2012 election season kicks into high gear.”

SCHOCK SOLICITATION.  Roll Call.  “Rep. Aaron Schock’s office today said it remains confident the lawmaker did not violate federal campaign finance laws when he solicited a $25,000 donation for a super PAC from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).”

MD FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REFORM.  Story here. “State Sen. Jamie Raskin says while his bill to put public officials’ ethical disclosure forms online was amended in the House of Delegates, the proposal still retains its core elements.”

VENDORS THREATEN.  Story here.  “Multiple former advisers to Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign are now considering legal action against the failed presidential candidate after the Utahn has gone silent about how he plans to pay off over $1 million in campaign debt.”

EDWARDS TRIAL BACKGROUND.  The Times.  “Lawyers for the Department of Justice will counter that the money was used to try to influence the election. If the public found out about the affair and the child, surely Mr. Edwards’s 2008 bid for the presidency would have ended sooner than it did.”

DOES CASE GO TOO FAR?  NPR.  “[CREW’s Melanie] Sloan is no fan of Edwards, but she thinks the Justice Department’s criminal case against him is wrong.”

REPLEDGE IN THE NEWS.  The Post.  “Donors from each party would pledge a certain amount during fund drives at the firm’s Web site, www.repledge.com. Once the time expired, Repledge would divvy up equal amounts from each side to be given to charities chosen by the donors. Any remainder would be given to political candidates.”

GEORGIA SPENDING ON K ST.  Story here.  “A Georgian billionaire has taken Washington by storm, hiring more than half a dozen lobbying and public relations firms over the past three months.”


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