Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 6/6

FEC GC TO LEAVE. Roll Call. “Covington & Burling announced today that Tony Herman, the General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission, is returning to work at the firm. Herman was named the FEC General Counsel in September 2011.”

MEMBER PAYMENTS QUESTIONS. USAT. “Over the past 10 years, Rep. Luis Gutierrez has paid a Chicago lobbyist more than $500,000 in taxpayer funds to work side-by-side with his congressional staff.”

GUILTY PLEA IN CONTRIBUTIONS CASE. DOJ Release. “According to the plea documents, Cenac obtained cashier’s checks using his personal and corporate funds in names of individuals other than himself, including people he knew professionally, personally, or through family relations. Cenac neither sought nor obtained the permission of the individuals he listed as remitters on the cashier’s checks. He then submitted the checks as campaign contributions to the campaigns of two U.S. Senate candidates, causing the campaigns to submit materially false information regarding the source and the amount of the contributions to the FEC.”

FCPA VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE CONSIDERATIONS. Inside Counsel. “One of the most difficult and consequential decisions a company faces when presented with a corruption allegation is the decision whether or not to self-report to the government.”

NY: (C)(4) DISCLOSURE UPDATE. Here via HVJ Blog. “The groups will have to report the share of spending that goes to federal, state and local electioneering and file itemized expenses and list contributions.”

OR: LOBBYISTS LOBBYING LOBBYISTS LOOPHOLE. News here. “The bill is intended to eliminate a requirement that lobbyists report the cost of their meals when they lobby other lobbyists.”

VA: CONCERN OVER EVENT. The Post. “Newly released emails show Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell attended an event at the Executive Mansion to promote a new product from a generous campaign donor despite concerns from top aides.”

VA: POST VIEW ON MCDONNELL. Here. “His reticence and what appear to be repeated instances of using definitional sleight of hand to skirt state disclosure laws have deepened suspicions that more damaging revelations about the governor may be forthcoming.”

WI: LIMIT INCREASE? News here. “Records show Assembly Republicans were seriously considering a proposal to boost the maximum amount a donor can give to a state or local political candidate by 100% and then to adjust the limit after that based on inflation.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday. Have a great weekend.

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