Good morning, here are Friday’s political law links (10/26)

Q3 LOBBYING NUMBERS. Politico Influence. “The 50 largest lobbying spenders together spent $176 million from July through September — an increase of about $16 million from the same time last year, a PI analysis of new lobbying disclosures indicates.”

THE CANDIDATES AND CU. Alaska Dispatch. “Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?”

PRESIDENTIAL SPENDING. Bloomberg. “The 2012 presidential campaign was expected Thursday to pass the $2 billion mark in fundraising, according to accounting statements submitted to the government, thanks to an outpouring of cash from both ordinary citizens and the wealthiest Americans hoping to influence the selection of the country’s next leader.”

INAUGURATION DAY UPDATE. The Post. “The presidential election isn’t over and Inauguration Day is still months away, but Metro riders can start preparing now. The transit agency’s board of directors approved plans on Thursday that would extend service and hit riders with additional costs.” More on the 57th Presidential Inauguration is online here (JCIC).

ABA LOBBYING DROP. BLT. “The American Bar Association this week reported that its most recent quarterly lobbying expenses were $230,000, the lowest sum it has spent on federal government advocacy thus far this year.”

CA: FPPC MOVES ON GROUP. Story here. “The Fair Political Practices Commission is seeking records that could be used to unmask the donors behind the nonprofit Americans for Responsible Leadership.”

MI: LOBBYISTS AND THE WORLD SERIES. Story here. “With the Tigers in the World Series, the most popular folks in this town are not the relatives of Justin Verlander. They are the lobbyists who have all sorts of connections to help answer the question posed in the first sentence.”

MT: CASH FREEZE IN THE NEWS. Story here. “Rick Hill’s campaign is simultaneously contesting and trying to comply with a state judge’s order temporarily barring him from spending a disputed $500,000 donation whose source was revealed Thursday as the Republican Governor’s Association.”

MT: CANDIDATE RETURNS. Story here. “Attorney general candidate Tim Fox has returned a disputed $32,000 donation made to his campaign by the state Republican Party.”

NJ: JERSEY CITY PAY TO PLAY UPDATE. Story here. “With two proposed revisions to Jersey City’s pay-to-play law on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting, council members are set to decide whether to follow the lead of Mayor Jerramiah Healy or his political rival, Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop.”


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