Tues. political law links, 8/13/13

PRIEBUS DEFENDS ON FILM.  Story here.  “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is brushing aside a report of Fox’s involvement in a planned Hillary Clinton miniseries on NBC.”

REP. DUCK DYNASTY?  Story here.  “Some Republicans want Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” fame to run for Congress, the Washington Examiner reports…”

GROUP TERMINATION.  Story here.  “The controversial liberal Super PAC whose officials are being investigated for bugging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office is closing up shop.”

EARLY AIR WARS.  Roll Call.  “Congressional campaign ad wars in the summer? It could happen in 2014.”

REVOLVING DOORS.  USAT.  “Ten of the 32 governors who have left office since Jan. 1, 2011, now work for trade associations or with consulting and lobbying firms that allow them to help clients navigate state and federal government agencies, a USA TODAY review of their post-government employment shows.”

K ST. BOTTOM LINE.  Time.  “Federal lobbying in Washington decreased by 4.5% in the second quarter of 2013 from the same period last year, and two thirds of the industries tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics are spending less money on lobbying in 2013 than they were in 2012.”

DC:  ADVISER CHARGED.  The Post.  “A D.C. political operative with long-standing ties to Mayor Vincent C. Gray was charged Monday with lying to federal authorities investigating an alleged off-the-books campaign on his behalf.”

NJ:  PAY TO PLAY ALLEGATIONS.  Story here.  “The treasurer for Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s re-election committee responded to accusations made Wednesday by mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos charging that Zimmer had failed to return campaign contributions from two donors made in excess of the city’s pay-to-play ordinance by producing letters sent to each donor noting the refund of their excess donations.”

NY:  SELF-FUNDER FUNDS.  Story here.  “Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has already cut $3.65 million in checks to his campaign — including $271,831 to get his name on the city controller ballot after jumping into the race just four days before the deadline, new campaign disclosures show.”

PA:  FIGHT THE FEE.  Story here.  “A proposed state fee increase for lobbyists — from $200 to $700 — has Harrisburg lobbyists in an uproar, with numerous nonprofit groups saying the increase will hurt their ability to discuss policy with lawmakers and open government advocates concerned it could lead to less lobbying transparency.”

TX:  ETHICS FIREWORKS.  Story here.  “According to a press release,  Texans for Fiscal Responsibility director Michael Quinn Sullivan has sent the Texas Ethics Commission a letter demanding that “all documents, records and electronic files be preserved in the wrongful complaints” filed against them[.]”


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