Political law links for 2/7

BUNDLERS IN THE NEWS. The Times. “Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign.” More here.

STOCK ACT PROVISIONS EXAMINED. Covington’s look at the political intelligence provisions of the STOCK Act is online here. The Hill has a news report here.

SUPER PAC SIGNALS. The Times. “Aides said the president had signed off on a plan to dispatch cabinet officials, senior advisers at the White House and top campaign staff members to deliver speeches on behalf of Mr. Obama at fund-raising events for Priorities USA Action, the leading Democratic “super PAC,” whose fund-raising has been dwarfed by Republican groups.” More here. Politico has the story here. The Post has its report here.

EARMARKS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY. The Post. “Thirty-three members of Congress have directed more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or within about two miles of the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.”

IE UNIT NEWS. Story here. “It is one of the most convoluted arrangements in Washington for complying with campaign finance laws – and that is saying something.”

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LEFTOVERS. Story here. “Sen. Russ Feingold raised $13.7 million in his 2010 bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate. The long-serving Democrat lost, but he finished with more than $900,000 on hand. So what did Feingold do with the money?” More here: “Campaign finance laws allow retiring Members to donate their funds to charity, give to their colleagues’ re-election campaigns, or save it for a future run for office. But the party committees are typically among the first to ask for financial help from Members before they exit the halls of Congress for good.”

SUPER PAC FRIENDS. Story here. “[Foster] Friess has been traveling with Santorum for several days. Last Monday in Bemidji, Minn., the 71-year-old bounded around the town with the candidate, wearing a sweater vest to the factory where Santorum’s signature look is manufactured and during the tour of the town.”

CURRIE PANEL UPDATE. Story here. “The Maryland General Assembly’s ethics panel is scheduled to meet again to consider a Prince George’s County senator’s failure to disclose work for a grocery store chain.”


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