Good morning, here are political law links for Wed., May 2, 2012

CSM ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE PARTIES.  Story here.  “The Republican National Committee unveiled its Social Victory Center on Tuesday, a Facebook application that lets users engage in campaign mainstays like phoning undecided voters, joining volunteer efforts, and distributing voter-registration materials from their couches or favorite cafés.”

MONEY FLOODS.  The Hill.  “Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds.”

EARMARK DEVELOPMENTS.  Politico.  “House Republican freshmen are figuring out that it’s hard to hate Washington and need Washington at the same time.”

AMAZON DEALS.  Story here.  “The online retail company last week inked deals with Texas and Nevada to begin collecting sales taxes on purchases. The company has brokered seven such agreements in recent months while bills to standardize collection of Internet sales taxes nationwide are mired in politics on Capitol Hill.”


ROF ACTIVITY.  Story here.  “So far, the general election spending fight has been waged between the Obama campaign and heavily funded GOP outside groups – but not any groups explicitly supporting Romney, rather than Republicans in general. ROF’s move will change that and send the air war into a different, unpredictable phase.”

KAMEN ON SCHOCK SPENDING.  The Post.  “To attract donations, Shearer says fundraising events have to stand out. ‘You can’t have the typical cocktail receptions at all the typical places in Washington that everyone has already done.'”

COVERAGE OF AO REQUEST.  Story here.  “A conservative group that plans to run a barrage of television ads attacking President Obama has asked the Federal Election Commission if it can avoid disclosing its donors by not naming him explicitly in its commercials.”

SECOND STAFFER IN THE NEWS.  Story here.  “House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday a second staff member will resign this week after admitting to having an inappropriate romantic relationship with a lobbyist.”


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