Monthly Archives: October 2009

House Ethics Committee Report Inadvertently Disclosed

The Washington Post published a blockbuster story this morning discussing the details of an internal document from the House Ethics Committee that was inadvertently released by a low level Committee staffer.  The document discusses dozens House Ethics Committee inquiries concerning … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – FEC News

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released its Weekly Digest.  Two items of interest: The FEC has scheduled an open audit hearing for the Tennessee Democratic Party.  This hearing will be held pursuant to the new audit hearing procedures recently adopted by … Continue reading

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January 2010 Hearing Scheduled For SpeechNow.org

BNA Money & Politics reports that yesterday the D.C. Circuit issued an order notifying the parties that arguments have been scheduled for January 27, 2010, before the nine active Circuit Court judges.  The BNA ($) article can be found here.

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Do Pro-Regulation Groups Fear A Post-Citizens United World?

The National Journal’s Eliza Carney latest piece discusses the potential post-Citizens United world and the dire predictions from some pro-regulation groups.  These groups and individuals fear that many of the restrictions on independent speech in federal elections may be struck … Continue reading

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Online Town Hall Meetings

The Hill reports on the use of online town hall meetings by Members of Congress and a new study examining their effectiveness as a constituent outreach tool.  Apparently, the study concludes that the online meetings were effective and that many … Continue reading

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White House Changes Website

The Associated Press (“AP”) reports that the White House has changed its website from a static content system to an open source one.  TechPresident posted on the change as well noting that the change should make the website more secure … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Hill reports on Norman Eisen’s address to the American Bar Association regarding the Obama administration’s lobbying restrictions.  Mr. Eisen serves as counsel to the President on ethics and government reform.   The article can be found here.    Roll Call ($) has … Continue reading

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FEC’s Emily’s List Vote – News Summary

Linked below are some of the articles and posts discussing the FEC’s Emily’s List vote not to seek an en banc rehearing.  Brad Smith of the Center for Competitive Politics offers his thoughts on the vote here. Democracy 21′s Fred Wertheimer … Continue reading

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Breaking – FEC Will Not Seek En Banc Rehearing in Emily’s List Case

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) press release announcing the vote can be found here.  It remains to be seen whether the Solicitor General will appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court.  An appeal by the Solicitor General seems unlikely, … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

Roll Call ($) reports that Senators Feingold and McCain made statements on the Senate floor yesterday about the pending United States Supreme Court case Citizens United v. FEC. The Hill reports that many lobbyists expect to remain engaged on health care … Continue reading

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Republican Commissioners File Concurring Opinion In Black Rock Group FEC Advisory Opinion

The Republican Commissioners filed a Concurring Opinion supporting Black Rock Group’s legal positions during the advisory opinion request process.   BNA Money and Politics Report’s ($) article on the Opinion can be found here, and the Republican Commissioners’ Concurring Opinion can be … Continue reading

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New ACORN Video

The Washington Post reports that the activists who posed as a pimp and prostitute at various ACORN offices have released a new video.  The activists claim that the video refutes ACORN’s claims that they were not provided any help and … Continue reading

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Changes Coming Soon To The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section

Roll Call ($) reports that William Welch, head of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, will step down from his post.  The Justice Department has not named his replacement.

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Politics And The Internet

The Hill reports that the Republican Party has established a parody “friend czar” Facebook application that imposes a tax on people who have more than the average number of friends.  The article can be found here.  On another front, The … Continue reading

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White House Responds to Lobbyists Concerning New Restrictions

Politico reports that the White House sent a letter to a group of lobbyists reiterating its intent to enforce the new policy prohibiting lobbyists from serving on agency advisory boards and commissions.  The lobbyists had sent a letter to the … Continue reading

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