Good morning, here are today’s political law links

STATE LAWS AND CU. The Times. “The Supreme Court is expected to respond in June to a Montana Supreme Court decision upholding the state’s Corrupt Practices Act, which bans corporations from making political expenditures from their general treasuries.”

K ST. AND THE CONVENTIONS.  Politico.  “The combination of tight corporate budgets, ethics rules and unappealing weather — the average high for Tampa in August is 90 degrees — and it’s a recipe for trade groups and lobbyists to spend time anywhere but Florida.”

UNIVERSITIES LOBBYING.  Story here.  “Since Congress last year suspended earmarks — which allowed members to add funds for specific projects — the lobbying industry has shifted much of its energy away from Congress and toward the executive branch.”

INDEPENDENT SPENDING IN THE NEWS. The Times. “The episode involving the proposed Wright advertisement put new attention on the ability of wealthy donors, working with groups independent of the candidates, to shape the presidential race, and stoked further debate about whether outside groups were driving politics to become increasingly negative.”

EDWARDS AND THE ALTERNATE. The Post. “There’s flirting going on in the courtroom, and it revolves around an alternate juror and the defendant.”

ASKIN ON SUPER PACS AND NONPROFITS. Here. “As we enter the final stages of the 2012 presidential election, the campaign finance landscape has changed considerably from past elections.”

SEN. COBURN AND SENATE ETHICS.  LA Times.  “The Senate Ethics Committee publicly admonished Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) for improperly meeting with a lobbyist and former aide to Sen. John Ensign, the Nevada Republican who resigned from the Senate after having an affair with the aide’s wife.”  The letters and guidance are online here.

DEADLOCK IN NC?  Story here.  “With the jury at the John Edwards trial set to begin deliberations for a seventh day on Tuesday, speculation grows that the 12 people charged with deciding the fate of the former presidential candidate may be deadlocked.”

GIFTS AND TICKETS IN GA. Story here. “State Republican Party leaders agreed to put a question on the July 31 primary ballot to find out if voters want to limit how much lobbyists spend on lawmakers.”

WI RECALL VIEW.  The Times.  “The eye-popping donation was made possible by a quirk in the state law for recall campaigns.”


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