Delaware plea, Rep. Weiner’s uncharted ground, Facebook, a new Super PAC, Palin email dump, and more political law links

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND TAX LAW VIOLATIONS IN DELAWARE. Story here.  “Christopher J. Tigani has admitted to making over $200,000 in illegal campaign contributions during the 2004 Delaware elections and the 2008 presidential election and to evading $361,000 in taxes, according to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney David Weiss — charges that could send him to jail for up to 16 years.”


FEC MEETING. The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to meet next Wednesday and the agenda for the meeting is online here.

FEC CHAIR ON CU AND DISCLOSURE. TPM reports that FEC Chair Cynthia Bauerly recently addressed disclosure and Citizens United.  (Careful viewers of the story might note that the photo accompanying the story is a photo of mine that I posted to flickr under a creative commons license last year that basically allows anyone to use it.  I don’t have any connection to TPM or any of the other sites that use my photos.  But I’m happy to burnish my photojournalist credentials.)

NEW SUPER PAC NEWS. Roll Call. “FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party group led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), is starting a super PAC.”

PALIN EMAIL DUMP. Today.  More at The Times.

CORPORATE SUPPORT OF NONPROFITS. Politico reports.  “AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash.”

PALIN MOVIE SET FOR RELEASE. Politico. “At a press screening in Washington on Thursday, director Steve Bannon said he’ll aim for a PG-13 final cut, though he hopes to release the film as it currently stands via pay-per-view and video to give Palin diehards fans the original.”


GRASSROOTS REPORTING IN NY. Story here.Spending on ‘grassroots lobbying’ — a take-it-to-the-people approach done through advertisements, social media, campaign-like literature, phone banks and the like — shot up from $2.2 million in 2008 to $18.8 million last year, according to the Common Cause New York report.”

LOBBYIST REGISTER IN CZECH REPUBLIC? One may be coming soon.  Story here.  “Experts propose that an obligatory legal form of lobbying regulation be introduced in the Czech Republic. However, it is necessary to first define lobbying and lobbyist precisely.”


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