9.19 political law links

EARMARKS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR A DECADE. WP. “Convicted lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti told the FBI that an aide to Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.) offered him legislative earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions annually for about a decade, according to newly released FBI files.”

POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE BILL ON THE RADAR. WSJ. “Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation in the House on Thursday that would for the first time shed light on the political-intelligence industry.”

EX-IM SUPER PAC. WSJ. “A new super PAC aims to weigh in on political candidates who oppose the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an unusual political development for a niche agency that has recently found itself in the political crosshairs.”

FARA ISSUES. WFB. “A rule change has been introduced in the House to require think tanks to disclose sources of foreign funding when they testify before Congress.”

SUPER PAC LEADER. RC. “Meet Alixandria Lapp, the executive director of a super PAC with the sole mission of electing as many House Democrats as possible.”

SUPER PAC STRATEGY. USAT. “As Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton heads back into Iowa politics Sunday afternoon, a super PAC encouraging her to seek the presidency is planning a big gathering of its top donors in late November.”

D’S SUPPORT FCC CHANGE. RBR.com. “Energy and Commerce Committee leaders Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), along with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), have written FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his 8th Floor colleagues seeking to have the political disclosure rules currently applicable to broadcast television imposed as well on radio, cable and satellite entities.”

AZ: LORD OF DARK MONEY. AZcentral.com. “The lords of darkness could be on the move once again – this time on behalf of a Democrat.”

CT: DELIBERATIONS BEGIN. SFgate.com. “A federal jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of former Gov. John G. Rowland, who is accused of conspiring to hide work on two political campaigns as business deals.”

LA: VIEW ON MONEY IN POLITICS. NOLA.com. “There ought to be a law against such sickening hypocrisy.”

VA: WHAT’S CORRUPTION? RC. “The McDonnell case hinges on a question that goes to the heart of the national campaign finance debate, namely: What is corruption? Must it involve out-and-out bribery — the deliberate exchange of money or favors for official acts? Or can corruption take the form of ingratiation, influence and distortions of public policy?”


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