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Political law links for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

MCCAIN MUGGED? Politico. ““What happened to [McCain] was, he — I think he feels he got mugged first by the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, who walked away from the public financing of the general election, and then by the press, who let Obama get away with it,” said [Trevor] Potter in an interview for POLITICO’s video series on money and politics that launched Tuesday.”

KEYSTONE XL LOBBYIST TO OFA. Story here. “Broderick Johnson, a Washington lawyer and lobbyist, is joining the campaign as a senior adviser and member of the senior staff.” The Hill covers the development here.

MURTHA’S “DARK SIDE.” Roll Call. “Last week’s release of FBI documents finally put in writing what nobody had ever said on the record: The FBI suspected that former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and lobbyists close to him were running a scheme to funnel earmarks to sham companies and nonprofits to benefit the lawmaker’s friends and former staffers.”

USE OF HOUSE WEBSITE AND EMAIL AN ISSUE. Story here. “U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich apparently violated House of Representatives rules Friday by using his congressional website and the House email server to urge Ohioans to vote down the state’s new collective bargaining law.”

R’S ON TWITTER I. The Times. “It’s a bit of a table turn on Mr. Obama, whose 2008 campaign capitalized on social media in a way that left Republicans bruised and scrambling. Now, after a post-election order from Speaker John A. Boehner that year, House Republicans have embraced Twitter as their karaoke microphone to push their message against the White House bullhorn.”

R’S ON TWITTER II. Another hastag co-opted. Story here.

OFA ON TUMBLR. TechCrunch. “President Obama has added a new web service to his repertoire: Tumblr, the hot blogging service that just raised another $85 million in funding.”

LOOK WHAT FEC REPORTS SHOW. Every quarter it’s something different. Here’s a news report on a campaign payment from a recent batch of campaign finance reports.


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