Good morning, here are Monday’s political law links for June 25, 2012

POST ON INSIDERS. Here. “One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found.”

ANONYMOUS RESCUE. Politico. “An anonymous donor has agreed to pay up to $20,000 to cover expenses the town incurs as a result of a visit by President Barack Obama, Town Council Chairman Jay Gooze said Sunday.”


MCCONNELL ON DISCLOSURE. Sen. McConnell echoed the points of a recent speech he made in this Post piece. “My main target was the Obama administration’s attempts to single out its critics through federal agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and even through a proposed executive order aimed at denying critics government contracts.”

POST URGES BUNDLER DISCLOSURE. Here. “Campaign finance laws don’t require candidates to release the names of their bundlers, except in the case of registered federal lobbyists. But the Romney campaign’s refusal to identify those who bring in a quarter-million dollars or more differentiates it not only from the Obama campaign but also from those of the past two Republican contenders for the White House, President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Both released lists of their major fundraisers, along with the scale of their harvests.”

OLGILVY’S FUTURE. Roll Call. “Sources familiar with Ogilvy Government Relations and WPP say the lobby shop and its parent company had a brewing conflict over profit sharing and management matters.”

PUBLIC FUNDING TERMINATION. Story here. “A Senate-passed measure to end public subsidies for the national political party conventions is expected to win quick approval in the House, delivering a long-awaited, if symbolic, victory to opponents of public campaign financing.”


LOBBYING BAN IN BILL.  Story here.  “Legislation to bar former high-ranking government employees from lobbying on behalf of certain foreign countries, including China and Saudi Arabia, could wind up boosting business for the firms that already do.”  The Hill has prior coverage here:  “Under the ban, former members of Congress and the administration would not be allowed to lobby on behalf of certain foreign governments, including China, for the first 10 years after they leave office.”

CA CAMPAIGN FINANCE LANDSCAPE. Here. “The best reform would be an immediate repeal of Proposition 34, and removing all limitations on direct contributions to candidates. This should be accompanied by much better disclosure laws so voters know well before the election who is putting money into a campaign.”


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