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A few tech items and other political law links for today

PRISON FOR CAMPAIGN TREASURER. The DOJ press release is here. “The former campaign treasurer for Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $450,000 from the congressman’s election and re-election campaign accounts, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman for the District of New Jersey and Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward of the FBI’s Newark, N.J., Field Office.” A news report is here.

PUSH FOR SUPER COMMITTEE TRANSPARENCY. The Sunlight Foundation is supporting a greater super committee transparency with this project.

NEW SITE FOR SENATE ETHICS. Click here for the Senate Ethics Committee’s new website. The old site had a certain 1997-Netscape-esque charm to it that I’m sure many are glad is gone. Well done on the redesign. (h/t @MarcEElias)

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR CAMPAIGNTECH OVER SOON. Campaigns & Elections will host a conference to “[e]xplore the craft of digital politics and advocacy in the changing landscape of the political online world” in November and more information is at their site here.

MORE TECH: DC WEEK. The second annual DC Week is also set for early November. “DCWEEK is a week long festival in the US capital focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds.” There are a few different registration options and I hope to attend again this year because they had a number of panels and events geared to social media, advocacy, and technology enthusiasts.


BOWLES TO FACEBOOK BOARD. Story here. “Facebook on Wednesday named political veteran Erskine Bowles to its board of directors, saying the former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton will lend his expertise as the firm plans further global expansion.”

PARTY RULES AND THE NOMINATION. Roll Call. “[T]he new rule also states that, aside from the four February states, all other states holding contests before April 1 (that is, the often crucial March states) must ‘provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.’ Proportionality is not defined in the rules… Supporters of the change believe the new calendar, combined with the proportionality requirement for March contests, will make it more difficult for a candidate to deliver a quick, early knockout.”

REPATRIATION TAX HOLIDAY LOBBYING. The Hill. “Advocates have made little headway pushing the tax holiday so far this year but remain adamant that a temporary tax break on foreign earnings would help jolt the U.S. economy back to life.”


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