Thurs. political law links, 4-10-14

MOON PIE DISCLAIMERS.  Thanks to Aristotle’s Dave Mason (and my excellent former boss) for remembering my Moon Pie post in his recent In the Know blog post.   There are a number of other interesting recent posts at In the Know, including this McCutcheon analysis.

PURSUING LERNER.  Roll Call.  “The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday in support of launching a criminal investigation into the woman at the center of the IRS scandal — just one day before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is set to vote on holding Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress.”

MCCUTCHEON ANALYSIS.  ReedSmith.  “With the last two remaining (and attractive) campaign finance restrictions being the ban on direct contributions from corporations and the individual limit on campaign donations, we do not expect the decision in McCutcheon to be the last word.”

SUPER PAC DONATIONS.  Roll Call.  “Super PACs continue to be fueled during the first quarter of the election year by extremely large contributions, including million-dollar contributions.”

DC:  QUESTIONING MACHEN.  Roll Call.  “To hear some members of Congress say it, the timing of the Justice Department’s plea bargain with D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson — a.k.a. ‘Uncle Earl’ — influenced the outcome of the April 1 mayoral primary.”

DC:  HOLDER DEFENDS MACHEN.  WP.  “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday defended the federal investigation of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, but acknowledged the ‘awkward’ timing of new allegations about the mayor in the weeks before this month’s election.”


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