Good morning, here are today’s political law links (11/26)

EYEING EXITS. The Hill. “With President Obama’s reelection a done deal, headhunters are expecting worn-out administration aides to look for new jobs in the influence industry.”

SUPER PACS 14  & 16.  Politico.  “Shortly after Election Day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and top White House aides spoke at a three-day secret meeting of major Democratic donors and officials from liberal outside groups gearing up for 2014, POLITICO has learned.”

INAUGURATION FUNDING. Story here. “President Barack Obama’s fundraising advisers have urged the White House to accept corporate donations for his January 2013 inaugural celebration rather than rely exclusively on weary donors who underwrote his $1 billion re-election effort.”

CFR COMPLICATIONS. Roll Call. “Unrestricted spending in the 2012 elections has created tantalizing openings for advocates of overhauling the campaign finance system, but it’s also fueled a rush of competing remedies that might complicate attempts to rewrite the rules.”

FASHION FUNDRAISING. Forbes. “One of the funnier story lines of the 2012 presidential campaign was Barack Obama’s decision—or rather, campaign manager Jim Messina’s decision—to inaugurate a fashion line that the campaign sold on its website.”

HOUSE TRAINING REMINDER. Here is a reminder for House employees’ annual training requirement.

CA: ALLEGATIONS. Story here. “Two San Joaquin Valley lawmakers have been accused of laundering $40,000 in a scheme to dodge California’s limits on political contributions.”

MO: TRACKING GIFTS. Story here. “How many lobbyist-paid outings disappear from the books is impossible to say.”

NY:  CALL FOR REFORM.  Daily News.  “Take it from an imprisoned felon who knew how to work the system, campaign finance reform is sorely needed in New York.”

OH: DANN SUSPENSION. Story here. “The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Marc Dann, who resigned as the state’s attorney general in 2008 amid a sexual harassment scandal, to give up his law license for six months.” The opinion is here.

TX: MURKY RULES. Story here. “The varying interpretations, stemming from loopholes and legal ambiguity, highlight a major weakness in the state ethics law: legislators are generally deciding for themselves what to disclose and what to keep secret. And the public is often left in the dark about important relationships between their elected representatives and the people who are paid to influence the Legislature.”

FRANCE: $192K DONATION ALLEGED. Story here. “Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy went before a judge today to respond to suspicions he illegally accepted donations from France’s richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.”


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