2012 money race pace, money bombs for all, and who’s running in today’s political law links

PARTY SUES IN NV. Roll Call. “The Nevada Republican Party has filed an application for an injunction that would keep candidates who were not nominated by their party from appearing on the special election ballot in the 2nd district.”

THE 2012 MONEY RACE PACE. The Times. “The fund-raising effort reflects the modern campaign cycle and the $2,500 limit on individual donations — both of which require candidates to seek campaign money all the time rather than only during the immediate prelude to an election.”

THE “MONEY BOMB” LIVES. Ron Paul’s fundraising is in the news here. “As of 4:48 p.m. on Thursday, supporters had donated nearly $590,000 to Paul’s campaign, according to his website.”

POTENTIAL CANDIDATES AND TV DEALS. Politico has an update here. “Fox News has terminated its contracts with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum after the deadline for them to decide on presidential bids passed on May 1, a source familiar with the move told POLITICO.”

WHO’S RUNNING? The Atlantic takes a look. “Tim Pawlenty and Ron Paul are officially presidential candidates.”

MINI BUYS. Little ads, cute name. Politico. “So how do the party’s political operatives stay in the action and capture attention? One way is to make a batch of mini-ad buys — or even itty-bitty ones — that can generate free headlines, ease recruitment efforts or just play mind games with partisan adversaries.”

CAMPAIGNACCOUNTABILITYWATCH.ORG. A new group plans to challenge new groups. News release here.

NY LOBBYING NUMBERS. WSJ has the breakdown. “Hard times apparently didn’t hurt one segment of the economy in Albany, where money spent on lobbying blasted past the $200 million mark for the first time in 2010.”

CAMPAIGN SIGNS IN THE NEWS. Some of my posts on campaign signs and yard signs get the most hits, even years later. Search engines bring all sorts of readers looking for more information on these signs to my site. Probably because there just isn’t a lot out there. As 2012 approaches I’m sure more stories will pop up. Here’s a link to a story about a judicial candidate’s signs. “A state judicial ethics panel today ordered North Las Vegas municipal judge candidate Marsha Kimble-Simms to change her campaign signs and printed material because they falsely state she is a ‘Pro Tem Judge.’”

CHICAGO DONATION REPORTING. Story here. “The loophole is created when donors make smaller donations, but do so in clusters that exceed the $1,000-threshold. Donations less than $1,000 do not have to be reported until after an election or after a six-month period.”


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