Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 4/5/13

POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE REGULATION. The Hill. “A new governmental study has found that efforts to curb the gathering and selling of political intelligence face tough challenges.”

DONORS’ SCHEDULE DISCLOSED. CPI. “A handful of donors to the nonprofit Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee got a rude surprise when the Internal Revenue Service mistakenly outed them by making available part of a tax form that is supposed to be kept private.”

COLBERT AND SC. Here. “While Colbert is a comedian, the fact that he is blatantly using his television show to campaign for his sister clearly raises ethical as well as possible legal questions regarding his actions, if not for Colbert per se than certainly for Comedy Central and its parent company Viacom.”

HERTLING MOVE. BLT. “The former staff director and chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee has joined the lobby shop at Covington & Burling.”

CO: LOBBYIST MOVE EYED. Story here. “A gun lobbyist is at the center of an ethics probe into whether he threatened an Evergreen lawmaker with political reprisal over her votes on recent gun bills.”

MA: SUBPOENA POWER TO BOARD. Story here. “A State House ethics committee looking into ‘serious allegations’ of misconduct against an unnamed state representative was granted subpoena power today.”

MN: BOARD MEMBER SUPPORTS TRANSPARENCY. Here. “This Legislature will have the opportunity to provide a more transparent campaign-finance system and increase the power of ordinary citizens.”

NE: BILL PROPOSED. Story here. “Now that Nebraska’s law to regulate campaign spending has been overturned by the courts, lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday to take the law off the books but make campaign finance reporting more transparent.”

UT: COMMISSION UPDATE. Story here. “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved the creation of an independent ethics commission to review complaints against elected officials in the state’s executive branch.”

VT: REFORMS PROPOSED. Story here. “Now the Senate is considering a measure that would set the limit individuals can give to House races to $750, Senate races $1,500 and $3,000 for statewide races.”


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