10/11/12 political law links

NATS AND K ST.  The Hill.  “The excitement generated by the team’s playoff run has given the city’s warring political factions something to agree on during the bitter presidential campaign season.”

D’S AND SUPER PACS. National Journal. “How did all the early doom-and-gloom predictions turn out to be so off-base? Campaign finance reform advocates made the mistake of assuming that more money in the system protects the politicians in power, when in reality, it fosters competition because the money disproportionately goes to the party challenging the status quo.”

BIENNIAL LIMIT CASE UPDATE. Venable’s Political Law Briefing has the latest: “A case headed to the Supreme Court could upend longstanding rules limiting federal political contributions.”

FUNDRAISERS ABROAD.  Story here.  “The camps of both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are holding fundraisers abroad as the days before the election dwindle.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE BINGO. WSJ. “A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Texas charities can’t use proceeds from bingo on certain types of political advocacy, rejecting a challenge that pivoted on the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.”

HIDDEN VIDEO. Daily Caller. “Videographer James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November.”

DC: BROOKS SENTENCED. NBC4. “A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was sentenced to 24 months probation and 200 hours community service Wednesday afternoon for lying to the FBI about payments he and others made to another mayoral candidate during the 2010 campaign.”

DC: CURFEW FOR BROWN. The Post. “Former D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown was given a curfew and sternly admonished Tuesday morning by a federal judge for failing to report to authorities by telephone, a condition of his release in a bank fraud case.”

MD: ALSTON SENTENCED AND SUSPENDED. Story here. “One day after Prince George’s Del. Tiffany Alston was sentenced in a misconduct case, lawyers for the General Assembly said Maryland’s constitution requires her to be suspended from office without pay or benefits.”

MT: UPDATE. The Post. “The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana’s campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who struck down the limits that the panel needs to see his full reasoning so it can review the case.”

SC:  ID UPDATE.  The Post.  “A South Carolina voter-identification law does not discriminate against African Americans but must be delayed until next year because it would cause too much confusion at polling places so close to Election Day, a federal court ruled Wednesday.”

TX: TXT. Views on a new proposal here. “The distinction between an app and a webpage on a smartphone is one without much difference – they’re both just fancy ways of accessing a web server and backend database.”


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