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

MEMBER SOCIAL MEDIA USE. Roll Call. “Although they are the smallest caucus on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans are the most prolific social media users in Congress, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.”

BLT ON GAO. Here. “Most lobbyists abided by key reporting requirements between midyear 2011 and midyear 2012, with compliance generally consistent with the past, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office review released Monday.”

ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED. Story here. ”The state Republican party has filed an ethics complaint against US Representative Edward Markey, the leader in the race for the Democratic nomination in the US Senate special election, alleging he improperly used video recorded at a House committee hearing and in a government building, in two campaign ads.”

ROBOCALL CONTEST. Story here. “The Federal Trade Commission gets about 200,000 calls monthly from consumers complaining about robocalls, those illegal prerecorded messages hawking everything from timeshares in the Bahamas to free money.”

MD: REFORM UPDATE. Story here. “The Senate gave its preliminary approval Tuesday to a comprehensive campaign finance reform bill after refusing to strip out a provision letting counties set up their own public-financing systems.”

MI: BOARD APPOINTMENT. Story here. “Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Thomas C. Phillips of the law firm Miller Canfield to the State Board of Ethics for the State of Michigan.”

NYC: CHARGES IN BALLOT DEAL. The Times. “A top New York State lawmaker was arrested early Tuesday for what federal prosecutors said was his central role in a brazen series of bribery and corruption schemes, including an attempt to buy a spot on the ballot in this year’s race for New York City mayor.”

NC: LOBBYIST CASE UPDATE. Story here. ” A Wake County judge should reconsider throwing out a $30,000 fine against a former high-profile lobbyist who worked to change the state’s ‘Buy America’ law so that imported iron could be used on highway projects, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.”

TX: PANEL REFORMS. Story here. “Calls to give the Texas Ethics Commission some enforcement teeth went mostly unheeded on Monday as a state Senate committee recommended minor administrative tweaks in the agency but no sweeping reforms that were earlier debated.”


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