Political law links, 2/12/13

BLOOMBERG PAC UP IN SPECIAL. Story here. “A Mike Bloomberg-funded super PAC is about to surpass $1 million in ads in a House special primary election in Illinois, lambasting former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson over her high marks from the National Rifle Association.”

WYDEN ON REFORMS. HuffPo. “The senior senator from Oregon will not be sitting on the sidelines in this battle. Recently he announced a bipartisan plan to tackle campaign finance disclosure with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).”

IOWA CUOMO ADS. Story here. “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s critics who want him to stop fracking in his state are hitting him where it could hurt — Iowa.”

FL: REFORMS MOVING. Story here. “A House plan to eliminate controversial political slush funds and raise campaign contribution limits to $10,000 passed its first committee stop on a bipartisan vote Monday.”

FL:  PLEA.  Story here.  “Averting a prolonged and heated political drama, Jim Greer, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, walked into an Orlando courtroom on Monday and pleaded guilty to grand theft and money laundering charges.”

GA: BILLS MOVING. Story here. “That process right now is focused on House Bill 142, which as proposed by House Speaker David Ralston would ban lobbyists from giving gifts to state lawmakers.”

IL: CHICAGO REFORMS. Story here. “Chicago aldermen on Monday endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed changes to city ethics rules, but only after the mayor watered down his proposal three times to satisfy City Council members who said they were wary of false complaints.”

NY: BOARD LEAK. Story here. “New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics blames the recent embarrassing transmission of a closed session on a technical glitch.”

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK. Next week is Social Media Week and the schedule includes a number of events mixing social media with political advocacy.


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