Friday’s political law links (9/21)

HEARING IN WATERS MATTER. House Ethics. “Acting Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Acting Ranking Member John A. Yarmuth announce that the Committee on Ethics will hold a public hearing in the Matter of Representative Maxine Waters tomorrow, Friday, September 21, at 9:15 a.m. in Room 1310 of the Longworth House Office Building.” The LAT has more here: “The House Ethics Committee is considering dropping the case against Rep. Maxine Waters, a move that would clear the way for the veteran Los Angeles lawmaker to become the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.”

WILEY REIN’S ELECTION LAW NEWS. The latest issue is here and includes several interesting items.

SUPER PAC BURN RATE. Story here. “The top super PAC devoted to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign spent three times as much as it raised in August, as the GOP nominee’s campaign faced a cash shortfall.”

DONORS WHO DON’T MEAN TO GIVE. Story here. “Then I noticed the fine print on the store receipt. ‘Your purchase of Obama campaign merchandise will be a contribution to Obama Victory Fund 2012, a joint fundraising committee,’ it said. Uh-oh: The Times, like most newspapers, forbids its staff from donating to political campaigns.”

KS: WHEN LOBBYISTS ARE FRIENDS. Story here. “Two Kansas legislative candidates who had been ‘friended’ by lobbyists on Facebook were fined Wednesday for improperly posting announcements about fundraisers, marking the state ethics commission’s first cases involving social media.”


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