I’ve got today’s political law links

SUPER PAC SITES LAUNCH. AL.com. “A super-PAC tied to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched a website Tuesday it says will ‘shed light on House Republicans’ efforts to use a terrorist attack against the United States for political gain.'”

BANKERS TWEET. Bizjournals.com. “The American Bankers Association has a new Twitter map to make it easier for bankers to tweet their complaints, suggestions and maybe even thanks to members of Congress.”

TWITTER AND HOUSE RULES. RC. “Though cellphones have become commonplace on the House floor, photography is strictly prohibited. A source with knowledge of the House rules confirmed that Stockman’s photo is a violation of the rules.”

ADELSON IN. Politico. “Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has donated $10 million to a Karl Rove-backed outfit boosting Republican Senate candidates and promised a similar amount to an allied group focused on House races, POLITICO has learned.”

CA: PRA AT 40. Sacbee.com. ”Now the Political Reform Act is turning 40, and the Pacific McGeorge Capital Center, in conjunction with the Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s political ethics watchdog agency, is celebrating its anniversary with a half-day symposium, starting at 9 a.m. at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.”

CT: SOLICITATIONS AND THE SPIRITS. Courant.com. “The State Elections Enforcement Commission Tuesday found that Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas May didn’t violate the law last year when he solicited more than $50,000 from subordinates to support re-election of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy – but it also condemned the solicitation as an ‘offensive’ violation of the law’s ‘spirit and intent.'”

CT: DEFENSE RESTS. CBS. “Former governor John Rowland’s defense team rested its case today. Closing arguments will be delivered tomorrow.”

KY: ALTRIA NO. 1. Courier Journal. “Tobacco giant Altria, parent of Philip Morris USA and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, continues to spend more money than any corporation or association in trying influence the Kentucky General Assembly.”

MD: COORDINATION ISSUES. Frederick News Post. “The operative word in all this is ‘independent.’ Super PAC activity is supposed to be totally independent of political campaigns, and therein lies the problem.”


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