6.19.13 political law links

16 WATCH.  The Times.  “Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and one of Barack Obama’s first backers in the Senate in his bitter presidential primary fight against Hillary Rodham Clinton, threw her support on Tuesday to the political action committee pressing Mrs. Clinton to run for president.”

VRA RULING SOON.  Roll Call.  “The Supreme Court is expected to rule next week on Section 5 of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires certain states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval for any changes to voting laws.”

FULL TRANSCRIPT RELEASED.  The Hill.  “House Democrats on Tuesday defied Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) by releasing a full transcript from the congressional investigation into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.”

AMENDMENT TO REVOKE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.  Story here.  “Montana’s Sen. Jon Tester on Tuesday proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that says corporations don’t have constitutional rights – an attempt to restrict corporate campaign spending and overturn a landmark 2010 court ruling that expanded such spending.”

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE GIVING.  Reason.  “Lawyers in federal agencies contributed more to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, a pattern that mirrored giving at every federal agency, a review of Federal Election Commission records by a Pepperdine University law professor reveals.”

MD:  ETHICS REFORM COMING.  Story here.  “Now, as [Rushern] Baker (D) nears the end of his first term and prepares to announce on Thursday his bid for a second, he can claim several successes. But he has also abandoned one of his biggest promises, the creation of an independent Office of Inspector General, and recently there were accusations that politics played a role in the awarding of a major county contract.”

NY:  CFR DEAL?  Story here.  “Two key points in Cuomo’s agenda appear at risk: a bill tackling numerous workplace, abortion rights, human trafficking laws, and the governor’s take on campaign finance and political corruption.”


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