Political law links, Wed., 10-2-13

FREEBIES.  Roll Call.  “That government ID card might be useless around the Capitol today, but plenty of local businesses are rolling out the red carpet to furloughees in need of gastrotherapy…”

EYEING K ST.  Here.  “If you’re a Capitol Hill staffer eyeing a K Street gig — and let’s face it, who isn’t? — you might want to avoid Rep. Phil Gingrey’s advice when it comes to salary expectations.”

SHUTDOWN AND DISCLOSURE.  Here.  “The federal agencies regulating campaign financing, lobbying reports and Section 527 political organizations, are continuing to receive new electronic filings during the government shutdown.”

RING CASE.  I didn’t see the Ring case on the list of cases referred to in yesterday’s Supreme Court order.

SHUTDOWN AND LOBBYING.  Hollywood Reporter.  “More than 30 theater owners had planned to travel to Washington, D.C, to hold at least 75 meetings with their respective members of Congress to discuss a variety of issues, including the impact of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) and a proposed Justice Department rule requiring exhibitors to provide closed captioning and video descriptions for the deaf and blind.”

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP. Politico. “One of the biggest problems for lobbyists on Capitol Hill on day one of the shutdown was simply getting into the congressional office buildings for the access they need with lobbyists and staff.”

LOBBYIST SENTENCED.  USAT.  “Calling the case ‘an incredibly criminal, intentional act,’ a federal judge sentenced fallen Nevada power broker Harvey Whittemore to two years in prison and fined the former multimillionaire $100,000 for using family and employees to make illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”

MS:  JUDGE BLOCKS.  Story here.  “A federal judge in north Mississippi has declared that part of the state’s campaign finance law is unconstitutional because it creates burdens for people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative.

OH:  KASICH FUNDS.  Here.  “The money Gov. John Kasich received from a man who allegedly funneled campaign cash illegally to Republicans will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Ohio.”

OH:  MONEY TO CHARITY.  Story here.  “Ohio charities are benefitting financially from the fallout of a swirling political scandal.”


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