Good morning – here are today’s political law links

RETIREMENT HINTS. Roll Call. “Recently filed fundraising reports give some clues this week about which House members are gearing up for re-election fights — and who might be ready to call it quits after this term.”

VRA MOVE URGED. Here. “A liberal civil rights hero and a conservative Wisconsin Republican joined forces Wednesday in an uphill fight to restore the voting protections shot down last month by the Supreme Court.”

COUNSEL’S OFFICE IMPLICATED.  The Hill.  “House Republicans charged Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service’s chief counsel’s office and an agency official at the center of the targeting controversy helped delay applications for tax-exempt status from Tea Party groups.”


KIRK CASE. Story here. “The Federal Election Commission has determined that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign did not violate election law when his then-girlfriend received more than $143,000 for campaign work not listed in financial disclosure forms.”

SUPER PAC AIMS. Story here. “A super PAC set up to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is poised to launch a new round of ads against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to two strategists tracking the Kentucky air war.”

SUPER PAC RISING. Here. “The former high command of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign plans to gather in Washington next week to boost the new GOP super PAC America Rising, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.”

CA: GRAND JURY NEWS. Story here. “A grand jury is now involved in a high-stakes California probe that is looking into whether a PAC and three so-called dark-money groups—including one with ties to the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch—broke a campaign disclosure law by funneling $11 million from secret sources to influence ballot initiatives in the state’s 2012 election, The Daily Beast has learned.”

GA: GIFT LIMIT APPLICABILITY. Here. “Several issues complicate the rule limiting gifts.”

IN: PRISON IN FRAUD CASE. Story here. “The plot successfully faked names and signatures on both the Obama and Clinton presidential petitions that were used to place the candidates on the ballot. So many names were forged — an estimated 200 or more — that prosecutor Stanley Levco said that had the fraud been caught during the primary, ‘the worst that would have happened, is maybe Barack Obama wouldn’t have been on the ballot for the primary.'”

NY: FUNDRAISING ISSUES. Daily News. “Loopholes? What loopholes?”

VA: NEW LEGAL TEAM. BLT. “Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has tapped attorneys from Jones Day and Holland & Knight to replace the legal team handling state and federal investigations over his alleged acceptance of improper gifts.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY. I’ll send around the next set of links on Monday. Have a great weekend. Here in DC we’ll be trying to stay cool…

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