Tues. political law links, 11-19-13

MICHELLE TO THE MAX.  Roll Call.  “First lady Michelle Obama urged donors in New York on Monday to contribute to Democrats’ efforts to hold the Senate majority in 2014, saying ‘the midterm elections matter’ in helping the president’s agenda move forward.”

HOUSE EXTENDS AND EXPANDS CAMPAIGN FINANCE FINE PROGRAM. House Floor action on HR 3487 yesterday: “On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.”

LOBBYIST GROUP UPDATE.  The Hill.  “It’s official: The American League of Lobbyists is no more.”

GPS FORM.  Politico.  “Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit affiliate of the super PAC American Crossroads, reported receiving three eight-figure contributions —of $22.5 million, $18 million and, $10 million, during 2012, according to tax documents released Monday.”

SUPER PAC BUY.  Roll Call.  “After recent polling showed a smaller lead over rivals, a national Democratic Super PAC purchased $195,300 of media time supporting Sen. Kay Hagan in her 2014 re-election campaign.”

JOHN EDWARDS UPDATE. Politico. “He has been otherwise largely out of the public eye since May 2012, when he was acquitted of misusing campaign donations to hide an affair during the 2008 election. A jury deadlocked on other counts, but the prosecution declined to retry him.”

LIKES, FOLLOWS, HATCH ACT, AND HEALTHCARE. WFB. “A former chief White House ethics lawyer has filed a Hatch Act complaint against a D.C.-based health care exchange, alleging that its online communications with liberal activist group Organizing for Action (OFA) violated rules against federal political activity.”

AR:  RETURNING FUNDS. ADG.  “The attorney for former state Sen. Paul Bookout says Bookout is set to return thousands of dollars in campaign contributions while a criminal investigation continues into Bookout’s personal use of campaign cash.”

CT:  SENTENCING.  CBS.  “A former labor union official was sentenced to three years of probation Monday in a scandal involving nearly $28,000 in illegal contributions to former state House Speaker Christopher Donovan’s failed congressional campaign last year.”

MN:  ERRORS PROMPT HEARING.  Here.  “The Minnesota Legislature plans to hold a joint hearing to explore the inconsistencies the Star Tribune found in the state’s electronic campaign finance data.”

NY:  SUPER PAC POWER.  Crain’s.  “A top state GOP operative has set up a new super PAC as Republicans and Democrats gear up for what will be a bruising statewide election in 2014.”

NY:  PARTY LOBBYING ISSUE.  NYDN.  “In a complaint filed Monday with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, NYPIRG officials asked the watchdog agency to look into the lobbying activities of political parties and require that they formally register with the state as lobbyists.”


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