Good morning, here are Friday’s political law links (9/7)

RISK ALERT.  Many thanks to the helpful reader who forwarded me this recent “National Examination Risk Alert” on MSRB pay-to-play rules.

SUPER PAC LAUNCHES. Politico. “The YG Action Fund is launching nearly $2 million in television advertisements in Democratic-held districts Monday, the super PAC’s first buy of the general election.”

BEING THERE. Story here. “Google, Facebook, Twitter and others dazzled the crowds here and in Tampa with their ability to track candidates and arrange private teleconferences with politicians. The digital ring around the Time Warner Arena’s main hall here even displayed the #DNC2012 Twitter hashtag. But what most voters will remember about the 2012 conventions is old school: which candidates made the best speeches.”

NONPROFITS IN THE GAME. Story here. “In the absence of a crackdown by the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service, the 501(c)s face little immediate risk from forging ahead, effectively doing business as usual, said Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine.”

PRES. OBAMA AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM. HuffPo. “The four years of Obama’s presidency have featured some of the biggest rollbacks of the campaign finance regulatory regime created in the wake of the Watergate scandal. And Obama’s own actions, or lack thereof, are partly to blame.”

SUPER PAC ENCOUNTERS. TNR. “Like most political reporters, I’ve been intrigued by the mechanics of super PAC fundraising pretty much since they arrived on the scene in 2010. I figured they would be worth observing up close.”

FINANCIAL SERVICES ROUNDTABLE UPDATE. The Hill. “The Financial Services Roundtable announced Thursday that its top lobbyist is getting a new title.”

GA: EXPENSE OVERSIGHT ISSUES. Story here. “Georgia lawmakers face little scrutiny and few standards when they claim upward of $1 million annually in expense pay under a system that relies heavily on their honesty.”

NY: SUPER PAC UPDATE. News here. “New York is cracking down on high-profile campaign attacks by secretive, well-funded super PACs, but the regulations requiring specific disclosure on spending and donors that were drafted months ago likely won’t be final this election cycle.”


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