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WILL THERE BE ANY REVISED LDA GUIDANCE THIS JUNE? Check here if you’re anxiously awaiting the potential release of new LDA guidance.

LOBBYING AND THE DEBT LIMIT. Roll Call. “K Street lobbyists are scrambling to defend industry tax breaks and spending programs from ending up as fodder to reduce the deficit in the debt limit talks led by Vice President Joseph Biden.”

ETHICS ISSUE FOR REP. HASTINGS. The Hill. “Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) is being investigated by the Office of Congressional Ethics for allegations that he sexually harassed a female staff member, according to a news report.”

MASSA CASE IN THE NEWS. The Hill. “It is now nearly six months since the GOP took control of the House and the House committees and Boehner replaced Pelosi in the Speaker’s chair. Yet Boehner and fellow Republicans have not issued any demands of the Ethics Committee to release its investigative findings on who among the House Democratic leadership knew about allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct between Massa and his staff, and when they knew it.”

MICRODONORS AND 2012. Politico.

“NATIONAL FIELD” SOFTWARE. Politico. “While Obama lost Georgia, a software program devised by three staffers in that office has since changed the mechanics of Democratic campaigns. The company they started, the National Field, has evolved to host an internal social network for political campaigns and is branching outside the political market.”

BLAGO TRIAL JURY SPECULATION. The Times. “Might this be another deadlocked jury?”

BOPP FEATURE. NPR. “Bopp has made his career challenging the campaign finance laws. His basic argument: First, the First Amendment says political speech shouldn’t be regulated; second, the Supreme Court says political money is speech; and third, the very complexity of campaign finance law stifles free speech.”


NYC CFR A MODEL FOR USA? Story here. “New York City provides its public funding to candidates through a straight 6 to 1 match, which is unaffected by the amount of money available to the opponent, so it is likely that New York City’s program would still stand even if Arizona’s program is found to be unconstitutional.”


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