Good morning, here are political law links for Tues., April 17th

SUPER PAC CONSULTING.  Roll Call.  “As super PACs gear up to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this year’s elections, the well-paid political consultants who are cashing in on the outpouring of unrestricted money are getting some long-overdue scrutiny.”

LINING UP FOR SUPER PACS.  Politico.  “The super PAC mega-donors who dragged out the GOP primary are getting behind the establishment, rather than continuing to back rogue candidates and causes — as some in the Republican Party feared.”

MYERS ON VP SEARCH.  Story here.  “Beth Myers, the adviser Mitt Romney tapped to lead his search for a vice presidential running mate, is so familiar with the presumptive Republican nominee that she often speaks for him in strategy sessions at the campaign’s Boston headquarters.”

CONTRACTOR BAN RULING.  Story here.  The opinion in Wagner v. FEC is here.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE FORUM TOMORROW AT 1:30.  Information here.  “Now, the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Elections will convene a congressional forum to shed some light on this new world of campaign finance, to expose how we got here, what it means for the future, and to look further into what Congress can and should do about it.”

DEALING WITH DEBT.  Story here.  “High-profile presidential candidates find their campaign committees riddled with debt.”

$800 MILLION TARGET.  The Times.  “A new joint fund-raising initiative between Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee will aim to raise $800 million by November, part of what Mr. Romney’s campaign estimates will be a total of $1 billion spent to defeat President Obama and elect Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.”


STEVENS CASE ATTORNEY NEWS.  Story here.  “William Welch, a federal prosecutor who helped oversee the case against the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and played a key role in the Obama administration’s effort to crack down on leaks of classified information to the press, is leaving the Justice Department to go to the private sector, a court filing Monday said.”


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