Political law links, 1/8/13

FAHRENKOPF LEAVING. The Hill. “The president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) will leave the trade association this year, putting a lucrative position up for grabs on K Street.”

GIFFORDS LAUNCH.  Politico.  “Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband on Tuesday unveiled a new anti-gun violence initiative – two years after she was shot in the head at an event with constituents in Tucson, Arizona.”

BLOOMBERG ADS.  Politico.  “The anti-illegal guns group founded by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is going on air tomorrow with a spot that invokes the Sandy Hook massacre and features the mother of the young girl slain in the Tuscon, Ariz., rampage two years ago urging Washington to ‘stand up to the gun lobby.’  Bloomberg’s effort in California was reported on extensively in the Baca/Negrete McLeod race.

THE REAL TRUTH WILL HAVE TO WAIT. HuffPo. “The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an anti-abortion group that wanted to be exempted from campaign finance disclosure regulations.”

OCE ISSUES. Roll Call. “Attorneys who represent members during ethics proceedings say the process at the independent Office of Congressional Ethics is flawed and should be changed.”

MORRIS AND SUPER PAC. Here. “Dick Morris’ lawyers have reportedly confirmed that the conservative commentator’s website received money in a fundraising scheme involving his mailing list, the conservative outlet Newsmax, and his organization Super PAC for America.”

GAO SEARCH.  The Post.  “The Government Accountability Office on Monday launched a new online database in an effort to make the agency’s reports easier to find and access.”

CO: GESSLER REQUEST DENIED. Story here. “Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission on Monday denied Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s request to end its investigation of his use of public funds.”

IL:  JACKSON SPECIAL.  Roll Call.  “Twenty-two candidates filed to run in the special election for former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr.’s seat before Monday’s deadline.”

RI: QUICK TO REGISTER. Story here. “Any guess as to the first lobbyist to register for the 2013 legislative session? Answer: the National Rifle Association’s Darin Goens.” Need to re-register? According to this RI Secretary of State website, “If you were a standard, limited, or governmental lobbyist last year, then you will need to re-register this year. If you were an executive lobbyist last year, you are still an executive lobbyist. There is no re-registration required.”


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