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Super PAC bad cops, Young matter resolved, DC ethics, and more political law links


SUPER PAC BAD COPS. Politico. “Super PACs with ties to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum launched a negative advertising blitz this month in Iowa that has let the candidates – with ties to the groups – stay above the fray while the outsiders do the dirty work.”

GINGRICH’S SUPER PAC CHALLENGE. Story here. “[Gingrich] challenged former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to denounce his supporters at the super PAC Restore Our Future, which has been running anti-Gingrich spots.”

PARTY CASH RACE. Story here. “The Republican National Committee raised $7.1 million in November, making it the second month in a row that the GOP bested Democrats in both fundraising and cash on hand.”

LOBBYING & THE AT&T MERGER. The Atlantic. “AT&T poured almost $16 million into lobbying efforts and about $2 million in campaign contributions to try to sway regulators, Politico reports.”

ETHICS COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON YOUNG MATTER. Here. “[T]he Committee has simultaneously adopted revised LEF Regulations that, among other changes and clarifications, attributes contributions by certain types of entities, such as LLCs, to the owners of those entities. The revised LEF Regulations will take effect on January 1, 2012, and will apply to all existing legal expense funds and all legal expense funds approved by the Committee in the future.” The Hill has a report here. “The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday said Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) did not violate any ethics rules, overturning a recommendation by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).” OCE has its information on the matter here.

DC ETHICS OVERHAUL. News here. “The D.C. Council approved an overhaul of the city’s ethics laws Tuesday, toughening disclosure requirements and for the first time agreeing on an impeachment process that punishes misconduct.”

LOBBYING LAW AND THE FIESTA BOWL. Story here. “Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who is wrapping up an eight-month investigation into the Fiesta Bowl scandal, will ask lawmakers to overhaul the state’s lobbying laws, saying financial reporting requirements are confusing and out of touch with what he believes the public demands of its elected officials.”


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