Political law links, Thursday, June 21, 2012

NONPROFITS AND COMPLIANCE.  Roll Call.  “Nonprofit groups that spend big money on campaign-style ads will face growing pressure to comply with tax and campaign finance laws in the wake of a federal court ruling last month, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in a speech at the National Press Club today.”

FEC AGENDA.  The agenda for today’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

ONLINE OPPO.  E.politics has a look at online opposition research tools and techniques.

CHIRPIFY.  Story here.  “This election season is getting a little tweeter for the presidential candidates.”

CAMPAIGN COH.  The Hill.  “The Obama campaign spent more money than it raised in May, but is sitting on $110 million in cash, according to a Federal Election Commission filing on Wednesday.”

DONORS AND 12.  Politico.  “Mitt Romney surged past President Barack Obama in May fundraising on the shoulders of big donors — an advantage the Republican nominee seems likely to sustain through November.”

WEEKEND PLANS.  The Post.  “Fresh off the best fundraising stretch of his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney plans to spend this weekend strategizing and fraternizing with his biggest bundlers at a posh resort in Park City, Utah.”

ROMNEY FUNDRAISING OBSERVATIONS.  The Times.  “Mr. Romney, who survived a prolonged and cash-draining Republican primary process, has accomplished what many once thought impossible: he is keeping pace with President Obama’s vaunted fund-raising operation, which demolished records four years ago.”

TOURING CAMPAIGN FINANCE.  Jessica Levinson writes in Politico here.  “A quick tour through the campaign-finance law landscape demonstrates there is much to be concerned about — unless you’re a wealthy donor or well-funded corporation.”

OGE AND STOCK ACT.  Guidance is here.

TWITTER BEEF.  Perhaps not as newsworthy as a Twitter beef between Chris Brown and Pink or Rihanna and Ciara, but campaign finance lawyers can take to Twitter for lively exchanges, too.  After the White House announced its response to the petition on FEC nominees, former FEC Chair and Wiley Rein partner Michael Toner opined:

Marc Elias of Perkins Coie retored:

The response?

The full conversations can be followed on their Twitter pages.

MCCASKILL SUPER PAC.  Story here.  “Richard Martin, a lobbyist based in Kansas City who ran McCaskill’s successful 2006 campaign, confirmed Wednesday that he’d created a new fundraising committee called ‘Heart of America.'”

PRESIDENTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING PROPOSAL.  Story here.  “The new legislation would increase the public matching money for primary elections from one-to-one to four-to-one for donors who give no more than $200. This would make a $200 contribution by an individual worth $1,000 to the candidate. The $800 in additional money would come from the presidential campaign-fund checkoff on individual tax returns.”


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