Good morning, here are Monday’s political law links (7-23-12)

EGG INDUSTRY LOBBYING. The Hill. “The egg industry is embroiled in tense infighting ahead of a contentious hearing next week on a bill that would require farmers to use larger cages for egg-laying hens.”

JAMES KAHL LOOKS AT CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW’S PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. The Federal Lawyer. “New reforms may be enacted, new rules may be adopted, and judicial challenges may follow. But one thing is constant in the campaign finance world: Participants in the political process—candidates, political parties, corporations, unions, and others—will find creative responses to any changes in the rules of the game.”

LOBBYING NUMBERS IN. Politico. “Facebook spent a record amount on lobbying expenses — dropping close to $1 million — during the second quarter of 2012 in yet another sign of the social network’s growing focus on Beltway politics.”

SLUMP ON K ST.?  Story here.  “K Street is suffering a slowdown, and business may not pick up much until after the November election.”

SUPER PAC BOOST. Politico. “The super PAC supporting President Barack Obama had its best fundraising month to date in June, pulling in $6.2 million, but also spending even more on a barrage of ads blistering Mitt Romney.”

CROSSROADS IN JUNE. Story here. “The Karl Rove-backed GOP super PAC American Crossroads raked in $5.7 million in June, the group’s best fundraising month this year.”

FORTI PROFILE.  The Times.  “Now, with Mr. Romney prohibited from spending much of the cash he is raising until after the Republican convention in August, Mr. Forti and his clients are filling in the breach: Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Restore Our Future and other Forti-linked groups have spent at least $35 million on advertising in 17 states against Mr. Obama since early April, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group.”

CONVENTION LIMITS. Story here. “Convention organizers said last week they are keeping true to the self-imposed ban because none of the corporate money will be spent on events inside the sports arena and stadium where President Barack Obama will accept his party’s nomination for a second term.”

CREW SPOTLIGHT. Roll Call. “A just-filed ethics complaint is reigniting a long-running debate about whether one of Washington, D.C.’s most prominent watchdog groups is impartial or tilts to the left.”

VOUCHERS LEGISLATION. Here. “John Sarbanes, a Democratic congressman from Maryland, is planning on introducing the Grassroots Democracy Act, which would implement a voucher system for congressional elections.”

TECHS AND 12. Story here. “The rapid expansion of Targeted Victory showcases the rise of a new professional, political class: a core group of young technology experts who are shunning traditional campaign titles, starting companies and making millions off the most expensive presidential campaign in history.”

GOTV AND PUBLIC HOUSING.  The Post.  “Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign kept a database with the identities of nearly 6,000 public housing residents it targeted in get-out-the-vote efforts, which appears to be an unauthorized use of private government information.”

HEALTH CARE ADS.  The Post.  “Conservative groups are gearing up to spend millions of dollars over the next three months on ads attacking President Obama’s health-care law and Democrats who support it, but in many cases voters will have no way of knowing who paid for the barrage.”

MO DISCLOSURE IN THE NEWS. Story here. “In Missouri, any person, business or group can give as much money as they want to any candidate or political committee. Unlike many other states, there are no campaign contribution limits in the Show-Me State.”


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