Good morning, here are today’s political law links (Wed., 5/16)

MCCAIN HUDDLES.  The Hill.  “Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year’s elections to disclose their donors.”

VAN HOLLEN STAY UPDATE.  CLP Blog.  “The D.C. Circuit yesterday denied motions for an emergency stay pending appeal of the district court’s ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC.”

SUPER PAC EMBRACE.  The Hill.  “A major fundraiser for President Obama who sits on his national finance committee said there was no need for Obama’s reelection campaign to embrace the super-PAC supporting him.”

SUPER PAC UPDATE.  Politico.  “Congressional Democrats who publicly proclaimed that super PACs are the scourge of modern politics are now going all out to chase the big money that’s fueling the 2012 campaign.”

EARMARKS IN THE NEWS.  Story here.  “With that kind of muscle, the provision’s backers just needed a way around the earmark ban. So the money isn’t directed to the facility by name, it was requested by the administration and the legislative language doesn’t specify a precise dollar amount — rather it gives the Energy Department the power to spend ‘up to’ a certain amount on the project.”

WILL EDWARDS TESTIFY?  Story here.  “The end of the John Edwards trial came into view Tuesday as his defense team told the judge that only three potential defense witnesses remain — the defendant, his daughter, Cate, and his former mistress, Rielle Hunter.”

VIEW ON EDWARDS.  The Post.  Ruth Marcus: “Nothing in the evidence so far has shaken my view that this case is an unfortunate instance of prosecutorial indiscretion.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND NE.  Story here.  “Today’s primary in Nebraska for the Republican nomination for Senate is important for several reasons, but in particular it may turn out to be a milestone for the current state of campaign finance — if longshot Deb Fischer shocks two statewide elected officials and wins the seat of retiring Ben Nelson.”  Fischer won.

LOBBYIST MOVES.  The Hill.  “Charles Landgraf, part of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s managing team, is leaving the law firm.”


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