Here are the political law links for Thurs., June 7, 2012

IE STRATEGY.  Roll Call.  “From designating funds for specific races to sharing opposition research, Republicans and Democrats are perfecting the art of communicating without coordinating.”

ETHICS AND REP. WATERS.  The Hill.  “The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters’s (D-Calif.) rights were not violated in its investigation of her and its case will proceed.”

ADELSON IN THE NEWS.  Politico.  “Sheldon Adelson is back on the market with talk of giving at least $1 million — and possibly much more — to the Mitt Romney-affiliated super PAC Restore Our Future, POLITICO has learned.”

LOBBYIST INDICTED.  Politico. “F. Harvey Whittemore of Reno faces four felony counts in connection with the alleged scheme to funnel funds to Reid.”  More here.

FORMER ENSIGN AIDE UPDATE.  Story here.  “An aide to former Republican Sen. John Ensign is expected to plead guilty Thursday in U.S. district court to a misdemeanor violation of a federal lobbying law, according to a person close to the case.”

TEXTING DONATIONS.  Story here.  “The Romney and Obama campaigns want supporters to be able to send contributions instantly using their smartphones, a step that would let telecommunications companies join in collecting fees that now flow to bank-card networks.”

BROWN RESIGNS.  The Post.  “D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown resigned from his seat Wednesday night, hours after he was charged with bank fraud, plunging the city government into a leadership crisis.”

MN MAJOR PURPOSE RULING.  Story here.  “The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint against the Minnesota Family Council, saying that the council is not a political committee and therefore doesn’t have to disclose its donors.”

RI CFR BILL.  Story here.  “Independent special interest groups seeking to influence elections in Rhode Island would have to report their political donors under legislation pending in the state Senate.”

THE RECALL AND UNIONS.  The Post.  “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in a recall election Tuesday amounted to a significant defeat for the nation’s labor unions, which had mounted one of their most aggressive grass-roots campaigns ever to defeat the Republican.”


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