5-30-13 political law links

GUILTY VERDICT IN NV. Story here. “A Nevada powerbroker who headed a billion-dollar real estate company and pulled the strings of state politics as a prominent lobbyist for more than a decade was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.”

ROGERS ON POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE. The Post. “This administration essentially has created a black market for information.”

ENROLL AMERICA FUNDRAISING. Story here. “The House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked 15 health companies to turn over details of any requests from HHS or its affiliates on Obamacare-related fundraising. Several prominent Republicans in the House and Senate have also asked for a Government Accountability Office review of Sebelius activities, including any HHS-Enroll America coordination.”

SUPER PAC CONCERN. Roll Call. “Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday that he is no fan of outside political groups but accepts them as the current reality of the system.”

TXT AND FOIA. Story here. “A group accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of shielding official work from public view is suing to obtain the text messages of Gina McCarthy, the senior EPA official President Obama has nominated to run the agency.”

WA: LOBBYIST RULES IN THE NEWS. Here. “Washington lawmakers have ensured that their lobbyist meetings are nearly impossible to track. Unlike campaign contributions that are reported in electronic format and placed into sortable databases, the state’s registered lobbyists submit their expenditure information on paper documents that are rife with errors, omissions, perplexing cross-references, missing sections and illegible pages.”


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