Good morning, here are today’s political law links, 5/9/13

COMMISSIONERS ON ENFORCEMENT.  Politico.  “The cries for changing the Federal Election Commission from some editorial boards and campaign finance lobbyists overlook the obvious dangers of an unchecked federal agency regulating the political involvement of citizens.”

HOW CFR PLAYS IN EUGENE. Here. “Murkowski and Wyden deserve credit for putting forward a bipartisan proposal, but they face an uphill climb.”

LOBBYIST BAN ON GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS UPDATE. BLT. “Laying out their case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the first time, lawyers for a half-dozen lobbyists contend the Obama administration’s prohibition on federal lobbyists from sitting on agency boards and commissions has ‘punished’ their clients.”

FORMER REP. JOINS FIRM. Story here. “Under ethics rules, Dicks, 72, is barred for one year from lobbying his former colleagues in the House of Representatives.”

SALANT ON REVOLVING DOOR. Here. “Since the November elections, at least 22 members of the last Congress took jobs with lobbying firms, running trade associations or handling government relations for organizations. That is an increase of 14 percent over 2012 in the number of former lawmakers now in the lobbying business, according to the Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks ex-lawmakers’ employment. Since 1998, a total of 338 former members of Congress have worked as lobbyists or joined such firms for at least some of their time since leaving office.”

CA: RUBIO RULING. Story here. “Former State Senator Michael Rubio has been cleared of breaking any of the state’s political ethics laws following a months long investigation into a real estate deal.”

DE: LOBBYING REFORM MOVES. News here. “The state House has passed a bill prohibiting former members of the General Assembly from working as lobbyists for one year after leaving office.”

FL: WHO BENEFITS FROM CFR. Story here. “If former Gov. Charlie Crist has a handicap going into 2014, it’s money. Facing a millionaire incumbent governor with the backing of millions more from political committees, raising cash $500 at a time was shaping up to be quite the challenge.”

IA: VIEW ON ETHICS COMMISSION MOVE. Story here. “The investigation won’t be a simple process. It likely will be months before a report is returned to the committee, and the committee will decide whether to then schedule a hearing or dismiss the complaint.”


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