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HOUSE EXCEPTION. WP. “As with so many congressional ethics provisions aimed at the revolving door, there’s an exception — in this case, for ceremonial events such as the State of the Union.”

COMPLAINT ON TRAVEL. Mediaite.com. “An ethics watchdog group has filed a complaint against Rep. Louie Gohmert, accusing the Texas Republican of misusing campaign funds to foot the bill for a trip to England that included a 5-star hotel and a $200-plus taxi ride.”

D V. R ONLINE FUNDRAISING. NYT. “Some Republicans who have worked on presidential campaigns also see Democratic organizations as more adaptable and willing to forgo short-term gains for longer-term successes.”

BOBBY BUDDY SUPER PAC. Nola.com. “Republican supporters of Gov. Bobby Jindal are creating a super PAC to back a possible 2016 presidential campaign by the Louisiana governor.”

PATAKI PAC. Unionleader.com. “Former New York Gov. George Pataki, after announcing Thursday he has established a super PAC as he explores a run for president, plans to visit New Hampshire on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

NY: SILVER ARRESTED AND MORE. NYT. “Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York Assembly and one of the most powerful politicians in Albany, did all he could to derail and undermine an anticorruption panel established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.”

PA: ETHICS BOARD V. SUPREME COURT. Philly.com. “The ethics board filed an application with the state Supreme Court on Dec. 26 asking the court to amend its December opinion regarding political candidates’ legal expenses and how it related to campaign finance laws, Creamer announced at Wednesday’s board meeting.”

TX: CITY PAC REPORTS. Chron.com. “This year there were three special purpose PAC (SPAC) reports that caught my eye and that I thought were worth examining, so here they are.”


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