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NAGIN REPORTS. WDSU. “Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin arrived at a federal prison Monday morning in Texarkana.”

AMENDMENT UPDATE. Politico. “Many of the Republicans only voted for the bill to foul up Democrats’ pre-election messaging schedule, freezing precious Senate floor time for a measure that ultimately has no chance of securing the two-thirds support necessary in both the House and Senate to amend the Constitution.”

USAT SUPPORTS DISCLOSE ACT. USAT. “The best way to ensure an open window on donors and spending is the Disclose Act, a proposal that would eliminate a great deal of secrecy. But, like most everything else, the measure has languished in Congress.”

ROIL CALL. RC. “The emotional debate over free speech versus free political spending, which erupts onto the Senate floor this week, exposes a deep rift on Capitol Hill and at the nation’s leading civil rights group, the American Civil Liberties Union.”

LOBBYIST CHARGE PROMPTS LETTER. Time. “The campaign for New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown threatened to sue Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig Sunday over a mailer calling Brown a ‘former Washington lobbyist.'”

MAKE DONATIONS SECRET. Dallasnews.com. “Suppose, then, that we turned out the lights. What if we let Adelson and Shaun McCutcheon spend their money on politics but not take credit for their ‘generosity’? What if we made all campaign contributions and independent expenditures anonymous — and made sure they stayed anonymous?”

EDUCATION ALLEGATIONS. Reuters. “A U.S. congressman asked the White House on Friday to investigate possible campaign finance law violations over allegations that an anti-marijuana group’s upcoming Oregon ‘education tour’ was partly financed by federal money in the run-up to a statewide vote on pot legalization.”

SD: TAXES ON THE TRAIL. SD Dept. of Revenue. A political organization must pay taxes unless an exemption applies…


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