Good morning – here are political law links for Thurs.

OCE AND FEC PRESS CONF. Roll Call. “The news conference that 11 government watchdog groups held Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss agencies that police congressional ethics and campaign finance was an apt metaphor for the popularity, or lack thereof, of the two topics among lawmakers.”

LIEBERMAN FAREWELL.  The Times.  “The senior senator from Connecticut, who is retiring in January after four terms, spoke for some 20 minutes on the floor of a chamber where, at various points in his career, he was an outspoken leader on matters like cultural decency, bipartisanship and the war on terror.”

OCE SITUATION. The Hill. “Good-government groups on Wednesday pleaded with House leaders to quickly appoint new board members to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) for the next Congress.”


SCHWINN ON CFR. Here. “The First Amendment allows creative public finance systems, tighter contribution limits, and greater disclosure, and we already have sound policies and proposals in these areas. Now we need to get serious about them.”

MD: FREE TICKET CHANGES. Story here. “The city’s ethics board wants Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to enact stricter controls governing her acceptance and distribution of free tickets to 1st Mariner Arena.”

MN: BOARD ASK. Story here. “Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board not only is contemplating asking the Legislature for more money but also looking at expanding its authority to put that money to use.”

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

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