Good morning, here are today’s political law links (10/24/12)

PLANS TO DECLAW. The Times. “An expansive onslaught of negative political advertisements in Congressional races has left many incumbents, including some Republicans long opposed to restrictions on campaign spending, concluding that legislative measures may be in order to curtail the power of the outside groups behind most of the attacks.”

VH STAY. Order. “In light of the September 18, 2012 opinion of the D.C. Circuit, this case will be stayed pending the FEC’s consideration of the petition for rulemaking filed by intervenor Center for Individual Freedom. The FEC shall file an updated status report on December 21, 2012. Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 10/18/2012.”

PIZZA FOR VOTING ALLEGED. Story here. “Colorado Republicans say Democrats wrongly offered Colorado State University students free pizza and t-shirts in exchange for voting.”

Q3 LOBBYING NUMBERS. The Post. “For the third consecutive quarter, lobbying revenue fell at the region’s 10 largest firms, which reported a collective 8 percent drop in lobbying fees during the first nine months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.”

AD FLOOD DILEMMA. The Post. “Faced with an unprecedented flood of commercials for candidates and causes, Washington’s TV stations have had to get creative to fit them all in. Some are trimming their regular programming to squeeze in a few more ads, and some are adding more news at other hours.”

DUNN’S ROLE. Story here. “White House and campaign officials privately are voicing chagrin and surprise over the extent of presidential confidante Anita Dunn’s extensive consulting work for firms lobbying the administration on policies and regulations at the very time she is a key reelection adviser.”

CANADA: LOBBYING V. CONSULTING. Story here. “An old flame of former foreign affairs Minister Maxime Bernier broke the rules when she tried to influence a government official on behalf of a real-estate developer without registering as a lobbyist, says a report tabled Tuesday.”

MT: LATEST ON CONTRIBUTIONS CASE. Story here. “The Supreme Court refused a request Tuesday to overturn a court order that keeps Montana’s campaign contribution limits intact through the election.”

VA: YARD SIGN AFLAME. The Post. “About 2 a.m. Monday, Leesburg residents Jack and Libby Stevens awoke to the sound of their dogs barking, and quickly saw that their large 4-by-8-foot sign supporting Republican candidate Mitt Romney was ablaze in the front yard.”

VA: NO PROBE. Story here. “Three Virginia congressmen are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a probe of alleged voter registration fraud in Virginia and other states, just as the Virginia State Board of Elections said Tuesday that it was not pushing for a statewide investigation into the case of a Republican accused of discarding voter forms because local prosecutors haven’t asked for help.”


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