Issa sites, lobbyist wins, former Senators on the Hill, and Newt in today’s political law links

ISSA WEBSITES IN THE NEWS. Roll Call reports. “In mid-February, videos posted by the California Republican’s staff on the YouTube page of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee contained a production credit for ‘DEI Productions’ instead of the ‘Oversight Productions’ moniker his office had used on other committee videos.”

LOBBYIST WINS. Roll Call reports on a big lobbying win here. “For Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta, the past few weeks have been champagne time. His firm, the Podesta Group, represents the winners of two of the most high-priced and fiercely fought lobbying battles in years.”

FORMER SEN. LARRY CRAIG IN DC. Roll Call reports. “Craig is currently in the process of registering as a lobbyist and plans to spend two weeks a month in Washington, D.C., working for his new company, New West Strategies.”

ETHICS OFFICES UNFIT? That’s what this story asserts. “Ethics Chairman Jo Bonner sought to downplay criticism of the new offices, which are in a much more public location than the committee’s former space, but the Alabama Republican acknowledged that he would be open to another option.”

LOBBYING FOR ARAB NATIONS GETS PAGE ONE TREATMENT. The Times reports. “Now the Washington lobbyists for Arab nations find themselves in a precarious spot, as they try to stay a step ahead of the fast-changing events without being seen as aiding despots and dictators.” Mentioned in the article? Tony Podesta.

HOUSE OVERSIGHT NEWS. The Times reports on a controversy over emails to a reporter and a fired staff member.

AND THE ENVELOPE PLEASE. It’s Dodd and it’s official. The Times. “Christopher J. Dodd, the former Democratic senator of Connecticut, was named as Hollywood’s top lobbyist on Tuesday, a move that might initially prove tricky because of lobbying restrictions for former members of Congress.”


WHAT’S NEWT EXPLORING? Who knows? But The Note recently explained: “A smart campaign finance attorney breaks down the legal implications for the Note: ‘Essentially, a presidential exploratory committee allows a potential candidate to ‘test the waters’ — which is a legal term for deciding whether or not to become a candidate. An individual who merely conducts selected testing the waters activities (including polling) does not have to register or report as a candidate even if the individual raises or spends more than $5,000 on those activities — the dollar threshold that would normally trigger candidate registration. Ultimately, the individual must comply with the contribution limits and prohibitions.”

ALLEGED TECH HYPOCRISY. Techdirt makes the allegations here. “Obviously, this is probably just a small technical error by Schumer’s tech staff, but it does look pretty bad when he’s out there grandstanding on https.”



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