Political law links, 3/20/13

ETHICS UPDATE. Politico. “The House Ethics Committee will launch full-scale investigations into two veteran lawmakers, Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) in its first major probes of the 113th Congress.”

FCC AND CELL ROBOCALLS. CNET. “The Federal Communications Commission has issued citations that accuse two companies of bombarding wireless customers with millions of illegal robocalls during last year’s presidential election.”

GIVING FROM THE GREAT BEYOND. “Does imposing annual contribution limits against the bequest of Raymond Groves Burrington violate the First Amendment rights of the Libertarian National Committee?” The D.C. Circuit will let us know, following this opinion.

PURPOSE OF PARTIES. The Post. “Political parties are nearly as old as the republic, performing the basic roles of putting forward candidates for election, explaining their philosophies and then organizing people to vote for them.”

CT: ERNIE NEWTON LAW UPDATE. Story here. “Legislation aimed at stopping convicted felons, like Bridgeport’s Ernest E. Newton II, from taking state funding for election campaigns was endorsed Monday by top election officials.”

GA: LOBBYIST SPENDING DEBATE. Story here. “Georgia senators appear poised to rewrite part of House Speaker David Ralston’s plan to limit lobbyist spending.”

VT: WHAT’S IN THE BILL? Story here. “The bill requires disclosure of the names of big contributors to political committees, including independent, expenditure only political committees commonly called Super PACs, who make possible big media buys. One threshold for disclosure is providing 25 percent of all contributions to a political committee.”

UK: HACKED OFF FUNDING. Daily Mail. “Pressure group Hacked Off is refusing to reveal who is bankrolling them despite campaigning for more transparency in the press.”


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