Good morning, here are today’s political law links (11/15)

WHO’S A LOBBYIST? WSJ. “Are you a lobbyist? You might be and not even know it. That’s because in more than half the country the simple act of speaking to fellow citizens about issues of public importance can be regulated as a form of lobbying.”

INCOMING WOO.  Roll Call.  “Lobbyists, most of whom have been around the corridors of power for years, can offer novice lawmakers more than just a network of political cash. They can recommend hires for congressional offices, make introductions to big players on legislative issues and help members develop coalitions — inside and outside Congress — for their priority issues.”

WORK FOR 14.  Story here.  “Senate Republicans spent much of Wednesday behind closed doors as they pondered strategies for overcoming last week’s dismal performance at the polls.”

SEN. BROWN ON DISCLOSE ACT. Here. “Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who was re-elected Nov. 6 despite more than $40 million spent by outside groups to defeat him, today urged Congress to reform the campaign finance system so that voters know who is spending money to influence elections.”

CYBER-LOBBYING. The Post. “Lobbying activity in Washington on issues relating to cybersecurity is increasing exponentially.”

DC: NEW LOBBYING DISCLOSURE RULES? Story here. “As the D.C. Council on Thursday holds its first legislative meeting since the election, a leading nonpartisan advocate for government transparency has a proposal for the body to consider.”

DC: FOOD TRUCK LOBBYING. City Paper. “Food trucks are growing more savvy and sophisticated in their approach to regulatory threats.”

LA: ETHICS FINE. Story here. “House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, the target of an unsuccessful recall effort, asked the state ethics board Wednesday to waive the $1,000 fines faced by the teachers who tried to oust him.”

MD: COMPLAINT REVIEWED. Story here. “The Maryland State Board Elections is looking into a complaint against Prince George’s County School Board Chairman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5) that raises questions about campaign finance reports her campaign filed this year. The most recent report was filed less than two weeks before her reelection.”

MI: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. Here. “Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that a campaign finance application allowing voters convenient access to state campaign contribution information is now available on the Android smartphone platform.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links next week.  Have a great weekend.

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