Good morning, here are Monday’s political law links (10/29)

RECOUNT TEAMS ON THE TARMAC. Politico. “As the frenzied race for the White House comes down to the wire, tens of thousands of partisan lawyers are mobilizing under the radar in battleground states, all steeling for one terrifying scenario: a recount that could decide the presidency.”

SUPER PAC DONORS. Story here. “The hand-wringing is officially over: Democrats have joined the super PAC game.”

ETHICS ISSUE IN NV RACE. The Times. “Mr. Heller made no public appearances during the week, but his ubiquitous television ads have hammered at the congresswoman, who is being investigated by the House over allegations that she used her office to help her husband’s medical practice.”

CAMPAIGN ORG. LA Times. “Mitt Romney’s campaign has directed $134.2 million to political firms with business ties to his senior staff, spotlighting the tightknit nature of his second presidential bid and the staggering sums being spent in this election.”

DONATIONS IN THE NEWS. “So who’s behind one of the largest batches of election contributions this year? There’s a questionable trail.”

CA: SUIT OVER DONORS. Story here. “‘It seems to strain credulity that the donors would not know it’s going to be used for a campaign in California,’ Ann Ravel, the commission’s chairwoman, said in a recent interview. The Arizona group, Americans for Responsible Leadership, has not handed over any documents, calling the investigation politically motivated. In a court filing, the group says it has a 1st Amendment right to keep the identities of its donors secret.”

MT: DONATION IN DEBATE. Story here. “Democratic Steve Bullock and Republican Rick Hill exchanged harsh words in a governor’s candidate debate Saturday night over Hill’s acceptance of a disputed $500,000 donation from the Montana Republican Party.”

OH: FRAUD ALLEGATIONS. Story here. “Two volunteer poll workers at an Ohio voting station told Human Events that they observed van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia — the state is home to the second-largest Somali population in the United States — being driven to the voting station and guided by Democratic interpreters on the voting process. No Republican interpreters were present, according to these volunteers.”

TX: ETHICS COMPLAINT REJECTED. Story here. “The ethics commission sent Shelton and Davis certified letters this week stating the complaint didn’t meet ‘legal and technical form requirements’ but the complaint was quickly resubmitted after corrections are made. ‘We are not surprised at all and recognized the complaint as a dishonest political stunt from the outset,’ said Anthony Spangler, a spokesman for the Davis campaign. ‘Mark Shelton must hide a failed record that includes votes to block life-saving cancer screening to hundreds of thousands of women in Texas.'”


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