Thurs. top political law links

CASSIDY STEPPING DOWN. Politico. “One of the Beltway’s premier lobbyists, Gerry Cassidy, is stepping aside from his official role at the iconic D.C. lobbying firm that bears his name, POLITICO has learned.”

DATA DEAL. Politico. “After nearly a year of discussion over the fate of reams of Obama campaign data, officials have decided to transfer some voter information to the Democratic National Committee, but to retain its email list and rent it out to Organizing for Action, party committees and other groups…”

CASH RACE. Roll Call. “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised at least $2 million more than its GOP counterpart in October.”

BITCOIN GIVING. NPR. “Bitcoin, the virtual currency that exists as alphanumeric strings online, is on the verge of getting into politics.”

DC: PROBE OBSTACLES. The Post. “U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said pointedly that some of those calling on him to finish his probe are not cooperating with it.”

IL: CHICAGO ISSUES. Chicago Trib. “Last month the mayor recorded a $10,000 contribution from a development company just a week before the Emanuel-appointed Chicago landmark commission approved the firm’s request for a multimillion-dollar tax break to convert the Chicago Athletic Association building near Millennium Park into a hotel.”

NJ: FREEHOLDER ISSUES. “The state Election Law Enforcement Commission has filed a complaint accusing Morris County Freeholder William ‘Hank’ Lyon of four violations of campaign finance rules during the 2011 Republican primary campaign.”

OH: CFR ON BALLOT. Here. “The coalition wants the city charter changed so that council candidates who agree to spend no more than $85,000 and mayoral candidates who agree to spend no more than $350,000 would be eligible for a share of $300,000 in casino-tax revenue to help their campaigns.”

VT: GROUP FINED. Burl. Free Press. “Planned Parenthood of Northern New England has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle a complaint filed by group known as Let Vermont Vote.”

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

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