Coordination, FPPC disclosure push, and more political law links

BACHMANN COORDINATION ALLEGATIONS. The Times. “Representative Michele Bachmann’s presidential hopes ended 20 months ago, but her brief and chaotic campaign continues to be the focus of ethics investigations.”

CST: SUBPOENA. Here. “The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possibly illegal coordination between U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign and a political action committee involving the Minnesota Republican’s husband and other campaign officials.”

BACHMANN-OBAMA. Bloomberg. “Does anyone seriously contend that the advertising buys of the super-PACs that supported Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in 2012 were uncoordinated with the strategic needs of the respective campaigns?” A lot of misinformed views and contradictions in this piece.

FOREIGN DONOR ALLEGED. HuffPo. “A joint fundraising committee led by 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has yet to return a seemingly illegal Election Day campaign donation from an Egyptian billionaire with wide-ranging business, media and reformist political interests, Federal Election Commission records indicate.”

KING IN. The Hill. “Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is running for president.”

DIRECTIONS NOT EARMARKS. Roll Call. “Appropriators who have been hamstrung by a moratorium on earmarks in Congress still have tools they can use to favor particular programs, and they are working against strong headwinds to make sure they can continue to use them this year.”

CA: FPPC-INSPIRED BILLS. Here. “After out-of-state money poured into the 2012 election – most notably, $11 million from an Arizona nonprofit – the Fair Political Practices Commission has considered a slate of bills to fortify disclosure requirements.”

NJ: THE CASE FOR CFR. Here. “When it comes to campaign finance reform in New Jersey, the dribs-and-drabs approach – even when measured in million-dollar penalties — is not working.”

TX: CITY LOBBYIST REGISTRATION ISSUE. Here. “A person is required to register as a lobbyist with the city if the person is paid $200 or more, or spends $200 or more, within a calendar quarter to engage in lobbying activity.”

WA: LOBBYIST MEALS FOCUS. Here. “Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.”


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