TODAY AT THE FEC. The agenda for today’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.
CU LIVES. Politico. “The conservative group Citizens United has produced a scathing film about former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and plans to spend six figures promoting it amid McAuliffe’s campaign for governor of Virginia, the group’s leadership told POLITICO.”
PAC VIDEO. Story here. “The Stop Hillary PAC continued its roll out this week with its initial video opposing Hillary Clinton’s potential run for the White House in 2016.”
CEA CEO DECRIES ETHICS. HuffPo: “America’s refusal to make tough decisions and set priorities, our coddling of interest groups, and our reliance on growing entitlements are a toxic recipe certain to sink the next American generation with big interest payments and bigger problems.” Some of this echoes the points in David Cay Johnston’s The Fine Print, though the book is mostly focused on corporate activity. I just finished it and it can definitely elevate your blood pressure.
TWEET TROUBLE. Politico. “Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, has sent a letter to the top lawmakers on the panel demanding that a lobbyist for the powerful firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld publicly apologize for a tweet slamming a Native American chief that Grijalva has known since high school.”
In a talk I gave a few years ago for the Public Affairs Council about lobbyists and Twitter I described a number of ways mixing social media and lobbying could be problematic.
AZ: STATE SUPREME COURT DOESN’T TAKE CASE. News here. “The Arizona Supreme Court refused Tuesday to step into the fight over whether legislators broke the law by sharply increasing how much candidates can take from private donors and special interests.”
DC: EX. A AND B FOR CFR. The Post. “Exhibit A in why D.C. campaign finance laws need to be toughened is Kwame R. Brown’s campaign for reelection to the D.C. Council in 2008. Exhibit B is the Democrat’s 2010 campaign for council chairman.”
IL: ETHICS WORLD CHAMPION AWARD WITHHELD. Here. “Ald. Joe Moore said Wednesday he was disappointed that what he considers an unfair ethics probe into his ward office employment prevented him from getting a good government award from the White House this week.”
LA: VICE CHAIRMAN RESIGNS. Here. “Scott Schneider has resigned as vice chairman of the Louisiana Board of Ethics. The Mandeville lawyer, who served as executive counsel at Tulane, notified Gov. Bobby Jindal of the resignation earlier this month.”
HAVE A GREAT DAY.