Friday’s political law links

DRAFT EXECUTIVE ORDER HEARING. GovExec covers yesterday’s hearing here. “Many lawmakers say the draft order is politically motivated and requires businesses to submit unneeded information that could negatively affect the awarding of contracts. ‘It is not necessary for you to do your job, and your office will not look at it,’ said House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. ‘It’s very clear this executive order is outside the procurement process.’”

IRS STATEMENT ON (C)(4) NEWS. Politico’s got it here. The Times also covers developments. “Invoking a provision that had rarely, if ever, been enforced, the Internal Revenue Service said it had sent letters to five donors, who were not identified, informing them that their contributions may be subject to gift taxes depending on whether the donations exceeded limits under the tax laws.”

SENATE ETHICS MOVES ON ENSIGN. The Senate Ethics Committee released a report and referred matters involving former Sen. Ensign to the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice. Senate Ethics Committee Website (5/12/11). Roll Call has a story here.

CORWIN FINANCES. Roll Call reports.

REPORT ON BLUMAN ARGUMENT. BLT. “Lawyers for a Sidley Austin associate and a doctor today urged a three-judge panel in Washington to find unconstitutional the inability of foreign nationals who live and work in the United States from making monetary contributions to political candidates.” I got the chance to attend yesterday’s interesting argument.

THE TRAVEL ACT. FCPA defendants are getting acquainted with it. FCPA Blog.

BLAGO TRIAL. Update here. “It was Emanuel who passed the well-known message from Obama to Wyma that the incoming president would ‘value and appreciate’ the appointment of his friend, Valerie Jarrett, to his old Senate seat. Wyma passed the message to Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, he said.”



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