Political law links for Wed., May 9, 2012

WHO’S AHEAD IN SUPER PAC RACE?  Roll Call.  “For Democratic super PACs struggling to catch up with their cash-flush GOP counterparts, the news that financier George Soros will soon give $2 million to a couple of progressive groups comes as small consolation.”

LUGAR’S K ST. CONNECTIONS.  Roll Call.  “Sen. Dick Lugar’s K Street ties run deep and include a network of loyal former aides and family members. But the help of his downtown supporters wasn’t enough to push the Indiana Republican to victory Tuesday.”

CONSULTANT/LOBBYIST.  The Hill.  “A lobbyist for a generic drug company was introduced as a special consultant to Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) during negotiations on patent law, according to others who attended the meeting.”

NORTON TO VENABLE.  Press release.  “Adding one of the country’s leading authorities on political law to its government affairs bench, Venable LLP announced that Lawrence Norton, formerly General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission, has joined the firm as a partner and co-chair of its Political Law practice group in Washington, DC.  Mr. Norton was previously with the Washington office of Womble Carlyle.”

READING SOROS.  The Post.  “Another senior party strategist took it even further, arguing that Soros’ decision to pass over Priorities is evidence of the ongoing riff between liberal donors and the Obama White House.”

INDEPENDENT GROUP SPENDING.  The Times.  “Senior leaders of the Democratic Party expressed alarm on Tuesday that a $100 million plan by liberal donors to increase voter turnout would duplicate a similar effort by President Obama’s campaign and squander a chance to fend off an advertising onslaught from Republican groups.”

APPLE LOBBYING.  Politico.  “Apple is taking a bruising in Washington, and insiders say there’s a reason: It’s the one place in the world where the company hasn’t built its brand.”

TEXTING DONATIONS.  Story here.  “Political campaigns are already raising millions of dollars via the internet. Now, two political consulting firms are pushing a bipartisan plan to make online giving even easier by letting cellphone users make small donations with a single text.”

REP. CANTOR AND YG ACTION FUND.  Politico.  “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sought to distance himself Tuesday from the YG Action Fund, a super PAC run by two of his former top aides, another example of the discomfort elected lawmakers have with the big money groups.”

TX SUPER PAC OPPOSES RANGEL.  The Times.  “State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s campaign to unseat Representative Charles B. Rangel received a boost on Tuesday from an unexpected quarter, when a ‘super PAC’ based in Texas announced that it planned to support Mr. Espaillat against Mr. Rangel.”

MOUNT KISCO ON CU.  Story here.  “Seeking to send a message to Congress, Mount Kisco’s Village Board of Trustees unanimously voted for a resolution that calls for amending the federal Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”


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