Good morning, here are today’s political law links (7/11)

SEPTA LOBBYING REPORTS IN THE NEWS.  Story here.  “Federal officials have determined that SEPTA repeatedly violated regulations governing the disclosure of payments to its Washington lobbyists during the last five years. The agency could face fines of up to $100,000 for each instance.”

HOLDER ON ID.  The Post.  “‘It’s very telling that instead of making legal arguments in front of the court, the attorney general is making political speeches more than a thousand miles way,’ said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).”

CONVENTION FUNDING FAULTED.  Story here.  “The Democratic National Convention, a three-day extravaganza in Charlotte designed to celebrate President Obama and boost his reelection campaign, is falling short of its fundraising goals.”

12 MONEY RACE.  Story here.  “Another Obama campaign official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid, said Tuesday that although no major shake-up in the fundraising operation is being contemplated, the campaign remains deeply concerned about the super PACs aligned with Romney and will intensify its efforts on multiple fronts. In addition to pursuing serial donations from small-dollar contributors, it will double down on major donors who have yet to reach their legal maximum. The campaign also will aggressively pursue 2008 donors who have not given in 2012, the official said.”

HOUSE ETHICS MOVE.  The Times.  “The House ethics committee on Tuesday dismissed allegations that Representative Vern Buchanan, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, failed to properly disclose some of his financial holdings, but it is continuing to examine a more serious set of accusations against him centering on possible campaign finance violations.”

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

SHADOW CAMPAIGN IN DC ALLEGED.  Story here.  “A secret $653,000 effort funded by one of the District government’s most prominent contractors corrupted the 2010 mayoral race and helped Vincent C. Gray get elected, the city’s top federal prosecutor said Tuesday.”  A Post editorial appears here:  “Ms. Harris is the third person associated with Mr. Gray’s campaign to plead guilty in federal court. It’s pretty apparent she won’t be the last to be charged by prosecutors. Meanwhile, the mayor’s silence is inexcusable. He must explain not only how this spending could have escaped his notice but also what his dealings were with Mr. Thompson.”


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