Good morning, here are today’s political law links for Thurs., June 14th

BUNDLING IN THE NEWS.  Roll Call.  “Romney’s success in outraising President Barack Obama last month was thanks in part to his exclusive team of Beltway lobbyist bundlers, who have collectively pulled in $1.2 million for his campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”

EDWARDS CASE UPDATE.  The Hill.  “The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that it won’t pursue the remaining five felony charges against former presidential candidate John Edwards.”

SMALL SHOPS ON K ST.  Story here.  “The small lobby shop — staffed with just a few people, or even one person — has become a profitable niche in the influence industry for lobbyists who have traded the comfy confines of established firms for the chance to be their own boss.”

CONGRESSIONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE IN THE NEWS.  Politico.  “The financial disclosures allow huge ranges in reporting the value of assets, require no reporting of spousal income above $1,000 and often provide an incomplete picture of lawmakers’ real estate assets.”

SPENDING ON CAMPAIGNS.  The Times.  “In recent days, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire casino owner, and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson, gave $10 million to Restore Our Future, a ‘super PAC’ backing Mitt Romney, people with knowledge of the contribution said Wednesday. The move leaves the Adelsons by far the most prolific campaign donors in the country.”

ANTI-ALEC GROUP SCRUTINY.  WFB.  “It is unclear which groups receive funding. Meetings are closed to the public, membership is invite-only, and organizations that receive Democracy Alliance donations are asked not to disclose the information.”

REOPENING CU?  Bloomberg.  “The justices may say as soon as next week whether they will review, or even overturn, a century-old Montana ban on corporate campaign spending, a law enacted to stop copper moguls from buying influence over the state’s politicians.”

ME SUPER PAC DEAL?  Story here.  “Maine’s U.S. Senate candidates apparently won’t follow the example being set in Massachusetts’ high-profile Senate race for diminishing the influence of third-party groups.”

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ELECTION MONEY RACE.  Will.  “Bethesda Elementary is, however, diligently preparing its pupils for the world Montgomery County hopes is coming. It will be a world in which politics, cleansed of promises and criticism and too much talk, will be perfectly equal and ever so nice.”


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