Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 2/28/13

CODEL CUTS. Roll Call. “House Speaker John A. Boehner announced on Wednesday that members will no longer be allowed to travel by military aircraft on Congressional delegation trips.”

SOL CLARIFIED. SCOTUSblog. In a case involving the SEC the Supreme Court held that the five-year clock in 28 U.S.C. § 2462 begins to tick when the fraud occurs, not when it is discovered.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWYERS AMONG THOSE SIGNING-ON TO BRIEF. Politico. “More than 80 of the nation’s most prominent Republicans — including top officials of all recent Republican administrations and presidential campaigns – on Tuesday came out publicly in favor of a constitutional right to gay marriage in a brief to be filed this week with the Supreme Court.”

GUILTY PLEAS. DOJ Release. “William P. Danielczyk Jr. and Eugene R. Biagi pleaded guilty today to reimbursing $186,600 in contributions to the Senate and Presidential campaign committees of a candidate for federal office, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia and Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.”

VRA ARGUMENT. The Hill. “The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights law designed to protect minority voters from discrimination.”

IRS SEARCH. The IRS is working on their system for searching for nonprofit organizations. A note on the site says it should have been up by yesterday afternoon (“The Political Organization Filing and Disclosure application is down for maintenance until Wednesday afternoon, February 27.”)  UPDATE:  The site now says, “IRS has replaced the Political Organization Filing and Disclosure (POFD) application with a completely new version.”  The search function is now operational.

DC: GRAHAM MATTER. NBC. “Only Ward 8’s Marion Barry spoke up for Graham.”

FL:  SUSPECT TO PLEA.  Story here.  “A key suspect in a criminal case tied to former Congressman David Rivera will officially switch his plea to guilty in three federal charges for illegal campaign activity.”

GA:  ABRAMOFF WEIGHS-IN.  Here.  “Abramoff, speaking at an Atlanta Press Club luncheon, praised Georgia lawmakers for taking on lobbyist gift reform but said the bill that passed the House this week has too many loopholes.”

PA: FILING DELAY. Story here. “Lawmakers are introducing measures to require all candidates for state office to file finance reports electronically, instead of mailing them. At least 30 other states require electronic filing.”

HAVE A GOOD DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday. Have a great weekend.

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