Political law links (Tues., 7/10/12)

REP. BERKLEY ETHICS UPDATE.  The Post.  “The House Ethics Committee has voted unanimously to launch a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) used her position to benefit the financial interests of her husband — a blow to her candidacy in one of the nation’s most competitive Senate contests.”

TRADEMARKS AND CAMPAIGNS.  Story here.  “Obama for America, the president’s re-election campaign committee, is heading to court today against a t-shirt website the committee claims is infringing its ‘O’ logo on products.”

RANGEL WINS.  Politico.  “New York Democrat Adriano Espaillat conceded to Rep. Charles Rangel on Monday, ending a nearly two-week-long drama that threw the outcome of the the closely-watched primary into doubt.”

THE CABINET-SUPER PAC CONNECTION.  Roll Call.  “Senior White House adviser David Plouffe is the only member of President Barack Obama’s administration to attend a fundraiser for a pro-Obama super PAC so far, despite an announcement in February that White House officials and Cabinet members would participate.”

SUPER PAC DONORS (FL).  Story here.  “Adelson wrote a $1 million check to Freedom PAC in the beginning of June, according to Federal Election Commission documents.”

FORTI PROFILE.  The Post.  “You’ve probably never heard of Carl Forti. He has never been on television and he’s rarely quoted in the newspaper. But Forti knows the world of super PACs better than anyone in the Republican Party — and that knowledge makes him one of the most important strategists in the GOP heading into the fall election.”

LOBBYIST STATUS ISSUE IN WI.  Story here.  “After the former governor left his post as health and human services secretary for President George W. Bush, Thompson went to work for a high-powered legal and lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.”

PROBATION IN MO CASE.  Story here.  “Roger Wilson, a Missouri Democrat who was elevated to the governor’s job after the plane crash that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan, was sentenced Monday to two years of probation for misusing money to make political donations.”

CHARGES IN DC.  Story here.   “The criminal probe into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign broadened Monday when a public relations consultant and Gray donor was charged in a far-reaching scheme to thwart campaign finance laws.”


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