Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 3/4/13

COURT DEFINES LIMIT. Story here. “The Securities and Exchange Commission suffered a legal blow Wednesday when the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the agency’s position on how much time regulators have to pursue civil penalties.”

POST VIEW ON OFA.  Here.  “Such groups are not required to publicly disclose donors or amounts of contributions, as they would be if they operated under the rules of the Federal Elections Commission.”

ETHICS ELECTION IMPACT. Story here. “Two months after leaving Congress, former Rep. Shelley Berkley still is irked over the House ethics investigation she believes cost her a seat in the U.S. Senate.”

BUNDLER DUMP. CNN. “The Obama campaign has voluntarily disclosed their bundlers, and new details out Saturday show some of their biggest volunteer fundraisers are big stars.”

APPEAL TO FCC. The Hill. “Leading House Democrats are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use its existing authority to unveil the secret donors bankrolling political TV ads.”

NEW FIRM FOR NELSON. Story here. “Ethics rules prevent former senators from lobbying until two years after they leave Congress, while former staffers are banned from lobbying for one year. Becker said that Rubin will handle Senate lobbying until the bans on him and Nelson expire.”

NATIONAL PAC CONFERENCE THIS WEEK. PAC. “The 2013 National PAC Conference will offer insights on how to stay on top of rules and regulations, increase contributions, streamline your PAC management and build awareness for your organization’s political activities.” And on top of all of that it’s in Miami Beach.

JACKSON MOVE. Politico. “Barry Jackson, Boehner’s longtime chief of staff, is joining Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as a strategic adviser and the Lindsey Group as a managing director.”

GOOGLE DONATION AND FTC. Story here. “The chairman of the FTC today responded to reports that Google partially paid for a banquet where he received an award, saying he didn’t know who the banquet’s sponsors were.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWYERS AND DOMA. Here. “Members of Caplin & Drysdale’s Political Law Group filed today a friend-of-the-court brief for a bipartisan group of former Federal Election Commission officials in U.S. v. Windsor, the high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case that challenges the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) constitutionality.”

FCPA ISSUE. The Times. “Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the casino company controlled by the billionaire Sheldon G. Adelson, says in a regulatory filing that it probably violated a federal law that prohibits bribing foreign officials.”

NEY’S BOOK. The Hill. “Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) will release his new book this week that could shed new revelations about the Jack Abramoff scandal.”

CA: FPPC REVIEW. Story here. “Officials at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Thursday they are studying a complaint that Michael Rubio, a Democrat from the Central Valley town of Shafter, may have improperly benefited from real estate deals with a refinery executive.”

CO: LOBBYIST ALLEGATION. Story here. “A gun lobbyist who tangled with a fellow Republican earlier this month over gun bills will be the target of an ethics probe into whether he violated legislative rules.”

FL: ETHICS COMMISSION PROPOSAL. Story here. “Florida leaders could soon be facing more oversight.”

WI: PROBE CLOSED. Story here. “Just like that, the lengthy John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s aides and associates is over.”


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