FIVE LARGE DONORS. USAT. “Wealthy donors gave millions to independent super PACs during the first three months of the year – a sign that these independent political action committees are gearing up for big spending in the fight over which party controls Congress and on hot-button issues such as gay rights.”
BLOOMBERG $50 MILLION PLEDGE. Fox. “Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported.”
INHOFE ON MCCUTCHEON. Ada News. “The Supreme Court’s decision striking down overall limits on campaign contributions protects Americans’ right to support as many candidates as they like, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday.”
FEC CHAIRMAN ON MCCUTCHEON AND MORE. C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
NEW CHALLENGE. Businessweek. “Now, just two weeks later, Backer has filed a lawsuit looking to strike down some of the restrictions still on the books.”
LERNER AND DOJ. Fox. “Newly uncovered emails show Lois Lerner, the key figure in the IRS scandal, was talking with the Justice Department about going after groups seeking tax-exempt status, just days before she publicly acknowledged the agency was targeting Tea Party and other organizations.”
GOLDEN TICKET. The Hill. “House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp would be coveted by the private sector if he were to chose to head downtown after his retirement.”
READY FOR ONLINE ADS. Roll Call. “A Super PAC encouraging a presidential run by Hillary Clinton has spent over $1.5 million for online advertising during the last 15 months and raised over $5.7 million.”
DC CIRCUIT ON FILIBUSTER CASE. Roll Call. “Advocates asking the judiciary to declare the filibuster unconstitutional were dealt a major setback Tuesday by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.” The opinion is here and notes the DISCLOSE Act.
NJ: CFR PROSPECTS. PolitickerNJ. “State Senator James Beach (D-Camden, Burlington) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Chris Christie’s call for changes in the way campaigns are financed.”
HAVE A GREAT DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday. Have a great weekend.