Wed. political law links

IRS TO PAY.  NOM.  “In response to a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has admitted wrongdoing in releasing the organization’s confidential tax return and donor list which was obtained by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), NOM’s chief political rival. The IRS has agreed to pay NOM $50,000 to settle the lawsuit.”

SUPER PARENTS PAC.  Mediaite.  “27-year-old Oklahoma native Mike Turner fits every terrible media definition of an Entitled Millenial: he lives in his childhood home, he has a large trust fund, and his parents are funding his career ambitions. Namely, they opened a super PAC, poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into it, and used the money to buy television ads supporting their son.”

DISCLOSE ACT ]I[.  Politico.  “Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) resubmitted a version of the DISCLOSE Act that would require all organizations that spend $10,000 or more on election ads to publicly identify all their donors.”

TOMORROW AT THE FEC.  The agenda for tomorrow’s Federal Election Commission meeting is online here.

VOGEL ON C-SPAN.  C-SPAN.  “Kenneth Vogel talked about campaign spending, including the launch of new super political action committees (superPACs)…”

CT:  SENTENCING POSTPONED.  Rep-Am.  “Sentencing hearings did not go forward today for a former congressional candidate and her husband who have admitted to conspiring with former Gov. John G. Rowland to hide his role as a paid consultant to her campaign.”

LA:  JINDAL SIGNS REFORMS.  Bayou Buzz.  “Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law several pieces of campaign finance legislation, some of them prompted by a FOX 8/ joint investigation of campaign finance practices in Louisiana.”

MT:  CASE ARGUED.  Independent Record.  “Charges that state Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich broke campaign-reporting laws were filed improperly and should be dismissed, an attorney for Wittich told a state judge Monday.”

WI:  WALKER AND CFR.  New Republic.  “Under the law, donors to political campaigns must be disclosed, but the identity of donors to independent advocacy groups can be kept secret, so long as these groups do not expressly advocate an election result or coordinate with candidates.”


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