Political law links for Wed., Oct. 26th

LAWSUIT OVER ELECTION LOSS? Peter Roff writes here. “When voters in Ohio’s 1st Congressional District threw Democrat Steve Driehaus out of office after only one term, he did not bow out gracefully. No, he decided to get even. So he did what anyone does in today’s culture: he sued somebody.”

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM DONORS’ CHILDREN. Story here. “Recently filed federal election disclosures show an unusually high number of live-at-home children of Perry donors also contributing to the Perry campaign — more than the number contributing to other Republican candidates — provoking questions as to whether some of those donations are actually coming from the kids.”

EDWARDS CASE NEWS. The Times. “In a series of filings, Mr. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina and the 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee, argued that the nearly $1 million that was used to keep secret his relationship with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had a daughter, came in the form of gifts — not campaign contributions.”

D SUPER PAC FUNDRAISING. Politico. “Whatever the reason, the apprehension has left Democrats at an early, but significant, fundraising disadvantage to Republican outside groups, causing widespread concern in liberal circles that if the pace of six- and even seven-figure checks doesn’t pick up, the party could be in serious jeopardy of losing the White House and the Senate next year.”

WEINER’S LEFTOVER CAMPAIGN FUNDS IN THE NEWS. Story here. “Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner spent more than $130,000 in campaign funds in the three months after he resigned, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.”

SUPER PAC FOR SEN. LEE? Story here. “He’s asked the Federal Election Commission to allow him to accept unlimited funds from corporations and the wealthy in a political action committee that he would use to support like-minded conservatives running for Congress.”

HOPPE TO HILL. Story here. “David Hoppe, president of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, is replacing Lisa Wolski, who Kyl announced is leaving his office. Kyl is the Senate minority whip, and is retiring after the 2012 election.”

RING SENTENCING. Story here. “Ex-lobbyist Kevin Ring is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday on a jury’s finding that he was guilty of bribing public officials with meals and event tickets.”

AD IN THE NEWS IN SF MAYOR’S RACE. TechCrunch. “In case you needed a reason to stare at your computer screen dumbfounded for a few minutes, here is an amazing video, financed by tech titans Ron Conway and Sean Parker, endorsing San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Ed Lee.” I’m noting the disclaimer and what it includes, of course, and the use of corporation names to identify some of the “participants” in the ad.

SIRI’S POLITICS. Roll Call. Someone should ask Siri, “Who should I vote for?” Maybe Siri will engage in flagrant express advocacy and have to file reports…


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