Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 3/18/13

LEE RADEK, 69. The Post. “Mr. Radek worked for the Justice Department for more than three decades, beginning in 1971 when he joined the criminal division as a trial lawyer. Five years later, he moved to the fledgling Public Integrity Section, which was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal and tasked with the investigation of corruption by public officials.”

IMPORTANT WOMBLE CARLYLE ALERT ON FCC DISCLOSURE ISSUE. Here. “In recent months, a number of media buyers have had funds stolen from their bank accounts. Even after repeatedly opening and closing accounts to stop the theft, tens of thousands of dollars have been diverted to accounts across the country and across the world. Unfortunately, it would appear that the thieves are obtaining the media buyers’ account information from none other than the U.S. government through the FCC’s on-line political files. While we understand that the FCC may soon address this problem, there are steps that broadcasters and media buyers can take to minimize these risks.”

VOTE ON BAN. Story here. “Now, a Starbucks investor wants [Starbucks CEO Howard] Schultz to go one better by prohibiting the world’s biggest coffee chain from making political contributions or forming a political action committee.”

PEPSICO DEAL. Story here. “PepsiCo will disclose information about its lobbying and trade-group contributions as part of a deal announced Friday by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.”

MENENDEZ UPDATE. USAT. “Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is under investigation by a grand jury over his ties to a wealthy donor and friend in Florida, according to a newspaper report.”

SUPER PAC ATTACK. Time. “Grassroots conservative activists are attacking the Karl Rove-backed Super PAC American Crossroads as ineffective in a letter to top-dollar Republican donors in an effort to protest against the group’s pledge to play a role in Republican primaries.”

K ST. CHILL. Roll Call. “K Street shops, many in revenue decline for the past couple of years, can no longer afford the luxury of a high-priced former member. Senators usually don’t entertain offers worth less than $1 million, and House members’ threshold is typically about $700,000. And it’s an investment with no guaranteed payoff. Ever.”

FL: GUILTY PLEA. Story here. “Sternad is scheduled to be back in court May 31 to be sentenced for accepting illegal campaign contributions, conspiracy and making a false statement — the three charges he pleaded guilty to Friday in a 43-minute hearing.”

NY: LIU UPDATE. NY Post. “Liu’s former campaign treasurer and a campaign contributor go on trial next month on federal charges of using straw donors to make illegal donations that taxpayers would later match.”

NYC: SUPER PAC MAYORAL IMPACT. Story here. “They were a force in the 2012 elections, so why not in this year’s mayoral race?”

UT: GROUP URGES LEAVE. Story here. “The group Utahns for Ethical Government said Friday that Attorney General John Swallow should take administrative leave until the U.S. Attorney’s office completes an investigation into his conduct.”


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