Good morning, here are today’s political law links (Wed., Apr. 18, 2012)

LOBBYIST CONTRIBUTIONS.  Roll Call.  “An elite network of K Streeters is on track to hitting the $117,000 limit that individuals are allowed to give federal candidates, PACs and party committees in the current campaign cycle, according to an analysis of federal records by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.”

LOBBYISTS AND THE LAME DUCK.  Story here.  “Lobbyists are making sure to schedule their vacations before the November election in anticipation of a frenzied congressional session at the end of the year.”

RIVERA UPDATE.  Story here.  “U.S. Rep. David Rivera will not face criminal charges following an 18-month investigation of his personal and campaign finances by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to sources close to the probe.”

AM X-RDS.  Politico.  “The Rove groups have been operating as a clearinghouse of sorts, doling out more than $17 million to a range of conservative groups, according to recently released tax forms, including several that participate in the Crossroads-coordinated Weaver Terrace Group strategy sessions, such as Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, Norm Coleman’s American Action Network, the 60 Plus Association and the National Federation of Independent Business.”

GIFTS CARDS AREN’T CASH.  Story here.  “Mega retailer Wal-Mart is giving the host committee for the Democratic National Convention $50,000 in gift cards, a host committee official confirmed to POLITICO.”

OBAMA AND THE FEC.  BusinessWeek.  “The president’s inaction on an issue he used to distinguish himself during his Senate career and on the presidential campaign trail is among those that may depress enthusiasm among the Democratic Party’s activists.”


SUPER PAC PACT?  Story here.  “Rep. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) opponent in the primary for Arizona’s open Senate seat says Flake is refusing to take a stand against super-PAC spending. But Flake says he’s ready to go — as soon as his opponent stop trying to buy his way into the Senate.”

VAN HOLLEN AND THE SHADOWS.  OMBWatch.  “Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s decision is likely to be appealed – and, therefore, may not directly impact the 2012 elections. Nevertheless, the decision is a reminder that the FEC, like all other federal regulatory agencies, has an obligation to fulfill the will of Congress.”

DC UPDATE.  Story here. “The businessman at the center of a federal investigation into campaign finance in the District of Columbia has stepped down from the board of the health-care company he owns.”

FINE IN WI.  Story here.  “The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s political action committee (PAC) has been fined by the state for collecting $170,000 in excessive donations that were used to finance contributions to Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to fight a recall, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.”


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