Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 9/16

PALIN SUED. ABC. She’s being sued for use of a photograph relating to September 11th.

COLD, HARD BITCOIN. The Verge. “The Federal Election Commission is deliberating whether political contributions may be made in Bitcoin, and if so, how.”

BYE, BYE BIENNIAL LIMITS? Wertheimer. “On Oct. 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal overall limit on contributions by an individual to candidates and political parties.”

SHERMAN ON MCCUTCHEON. Forbes. “It’s time to end our nation’s failed, decades-long experiment with campaign finance laws. Over the past seven years the Supreme Court has done an admirable job of trimming back these unconstitutional laws, but it’s time to move past this piecemeal approach. McCutcheon v. FEC gives the Supreme Court the opportunity to do just that.”

VITTER SEEKS ETHICS INVESTIGATION. Politico. “The Louisiana Republican is demanding a formal ethics investigation into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) following a POLITICO story that said Democrats have drafted a proposal that would deny federal health care contributions to lawmakers if there is ‘probable cause’ that they have solicited prostitutes.”

PRIMARY INVOLVEMENT. Story here. “Business groups are vowing to ramp up their involvement in next year’s primaries in an effort to get candidates elected who support their views.”

AL: REVOLVING DOOR VIEW. Story here. “[Senator] Marsh, an Anniston Republican, is fed up with lawmakers quitting their elected jobs to cash in as lobbyists.”

AZ: NEW LIMITS IN EFFECT. Story here. “Campaign donors can begin writing checks for thousands of dollars to Arizona candidates.”

DC: BARRY FACES CENSURE. The Post. “A special D.C. Council panel is expected to vote Monday on a proposal to censure council member Marion Barry and take away his committee chairmanship in response to his recent disclosure that he accepted cash payments from city contractors.”

DE: SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. Story here. “A special state prosecutor investigating campaign finance practices in Delaware is looking into whether Gov. Jack Markell or anyone on his 2008 campaign helped donors contribute illegally or knew about the schemes.”

AUSTRIA: JAIL FOR LOBBYIST. Here. “The court ruled that the party had received a total of EUR 960 000 through fake invoices through advertising and PR agencies.”


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