Good morning, here are today’s political law links (8/14)

WHAT DWS KNEW AND WHEN SHE KNEW IT.  Politico.  “Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz acknowledged on Monday that she knew where a major liberal super PAC’s political sympathies lay, a day after she said she had ‘no idea’ where Priorities USA Action stood.”

AFL-CIO ACTION.  Story here.  “The super-PAC representing the nation’s largest labor federation intends to ramp up its efforts targeting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his newly announced running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).”

HOW CORP. AMERICA PLAYS.  Here.  “The Corporate Reform Coalition has released a report detailing the work of corporate responsibility advocates titled, ‘Sunlight for Shareholders.’ Made up of institutional investors, good governance groups, academics, small businesses, elected officials and more, the Corporate Reform Coalition has developed an innovative approach to dealing with corporate spending in elections.”

HAMM IN POLITICS. The Post. “Now [Harold] Hamm is exploring politics, too. He hosted a fundraiser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and recently donated $985,000 to Restore Our Future, a super PAC devoted to supporting Romney’s candidacy. While super PACs are supposed to be independent, the former cotton picker has also become a member of Romney’s energy advisory team, feeding the candidate optimistic assessments about U.S. oil production.”

INVESTIGATING DONORS. The Times. “The investigations are unfolding as Mr. Adelson has become an increasing presence in this year’s presidential election, contributing at least $35 million to Republican groups.”

FIGHTING VOTER ID. The Post. “Such fraud virtually never takes place.”

BIDEN AND K ST. Here. “While we’re vetting running mates, it’s worth going over some of Joe Biden’s past that got crowded out four years ago amid media fawning about him as a charming Joe Sixpack.”

RYAN AND DONATIONS ISSUE. The Post. “Ryan was not found to have violated any laws, nor was he a target or key figure in the federal investigation, people familiar with the inquiry said. He was among more than 20 politicians of both parties who benefited from Troha’s largess.”

ADVISORY OPINION REQUEST IN THE NEWS. NPR. “In what appears to be a test case, attorneys for Arlington, Va-based National Defense Committee, last month filed a request for an opinion on seven videos it plans to produce and post online this fall.”

CANDIDATE LOANS. Story here. “Linda McMahon, the multi-millionaire Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has put more of her personal wealth into her latest run for Congress as primary voters head to the polls Tuesday.”

SOME CO RULES TOSSED. Story here. “Denver District Judge J. Eric Elliff upheld one rule defining what can be considered electioneering communications. But he invalidated a rule that would have capped penalties for some campaign finance violations. He also rejected rules affecting who must file campaign finance reports.”

ETHICS APPEAL IN SC. Story here. “The court ruled Monday in favor of John Rainey, who said a circuit court judge was wrong when he dismissed Rainey’s lawsuit over the matter earlier this year, sending it to the House Ethics Committee.”

VA DONORS AND SUPER PACS. The Post. “Virginians have given nearly $4 million to conservative super PACs in the 2012 election cycle but just $76,000 to liberal versions of these political action committees, according to an analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.”


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