Good morning, here are today’s political law links (6/4/12)

NAB V. FCC. Here is the NAB’s petition challenging the FCC’s recent moves on disclosure of political advertising.

MCCOTTER ENDS CAMPAIGN. Story here. “U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, plagued by a criminal probe into his nominating petitions, on Saturday said he is ending his write-in campaign for re-election and will focus on serving out the final days of his 10-year congressional career.”

REP. RANGEL ATTACKS PROCESS. The Times. “Now he says that the case against him pursued by the House Ethics Committee was biased and that he was denied due process, and he has demanded an investigation.”

WHAT THE JURORS SAID. Story here. “Foster and fellow jurors Cindy Aquaro and David Recchion, the foreman, also said the credibility of the government’s star witness, Andrew Young, a former aide to Edwards, had been a concern for jurors, who deliberated for nine days.” The Times has more.

MORE ON EDWARDS CASE. Main Justice. “Some political strategists and lawyers work practically full time to understand campaign finance laws — or, the cynical might say, to work around them. Indeed, it is almost impossible to describe the laws without using shorthand. But the Edwards verdict (or non-verdict) offers a reminder.”

THE MADIGAN WAY. Story here. “Under Illinois state ethics law, lawmakers are not banned from having a financial relationship with people whose interests come before the General Assembly.”

WI RECALL. The Times. “Under Wisconsin law — one that many officials in the state say they had overlooked because it was so little used — a governor, though not his opponent, is exempt from the standard contribution limit of $10,000 per individual donor until the time a recall is formally announced by the state, which in this case came at the end of March.”

RGA IN WI.  Politico.  “As part of an effort to counter the traditional Democratic ground-game advantage, the Republican Governors Association is spending $1.5 million on get-out-the-vote efforts in Wisconsin ahead of Tuesday’s recall contest.”

MT GOV. ON CHALLENGE.  Here.  “There’s very little money in Montana politics. Legislators are basically volunteers: they are ranchers, teachers, carpenters and all else, who put their professions on hold to serve a 90-day session, every odd year, for $80 a day. ”


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