Good morning, here are political law links for Tues., May 8, 2012

SUPER PACS AND SATIRE.  Roll Call.  “Want to get big money out of politics? Set up a super PAC.”

K STREET PUNDITRY.  Story here.  “Handicapping races and dispensing other political wisdom helps a firm’s clients figure out how to dole out campaign donations and position for legislative victories after Election Day.”

UNION ACTIVITY.  Story here.  “Annual financial reports filed with the Labor Department by national and local unions show they gave nearly $16 million in contributions to more than a half-dozen umbrella groups, according to a review by The Hill.”

OUTSIDE MONEY ON THE LEFT.  The Times.  “After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing to inject up to $100 million into independent groups to aid Democrats’ chances this fall.”

FEC MEETING.  The agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the Federal Election Commission is online here.

NOMINEES APPROVED.  Story here.  “The Senate approved two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission after a months-long political tangle over an agency grappling with policies to bolster wireless Internet networks.”  Congratulations to Republican Ajit Pai and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel.

OFA PRESSURE.  The Post.  “The Obama campaign began the week by announcing a whopping $25 million ad buy in nine battleground states — and their top strategists told reporters that it is only the beginning.”

EDWARDS TRIAL SECRETS.  Politico.  “A secret pre-dawn rendezvous to meet an aide to former Sen. John Edwards, the aide’s wife and a pregnant woman at a home construction lot and drive them to a waiting plane at a private hangar — that was just part of the story [Chapel Hill builder] Tim Toben told on the stand here Monday.”  The N&O reports here:  “Toben, 53, not only recounted his role in getting a very pregnant Hunter to a private jet at Raleigh-Durham Airport in late December 2007, he also talked about several interactions and a phone call from Edwards after that.”

BLOGGERS ON THE SHELF.  Story here.  “The director of California’s political watchdog agency is shelving her proposal to require bloggers to disclose payments they receive from political campaigns.”


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