Monthly Archives: November 2009

Citizens United?

The Associated Press (“AP”) published an article noting that the United States Supreme Court did not release an opinion in Citizens United v. FEC prior to Thanksgiving.  The Supreme Court is back in session this week.  The  AP article can … Continue reading

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Latest on the Obama Administration’s Lobbying Restrictions

The Washington Post published an article today discussing the latest lobbying restrictions by the Obama Administration and their effect on federal agency advisory boards and commissions.  The article states: The initiative is aimed at a system of advisory committees so … Continue reading

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Office of Congressional Ethics Fires Back At House Ethics Committee

The Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) released a public response to the criticisms made by the House Ethics Committee regarding OCE’s conduct in an investigation of a Member of Congress.  The preamble and introduction to the OCE response states: On … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article about a former state lawmaker who was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison after his guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to lie to the Federal Election … Continue reading

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RNC & DNC October 2009 Financial Data

CQ Politics posted an article yesterday detailing the spending by the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) and Republican National Committee (“RNC”) in the month leading up to the 2009 elections.  The DNC and RNC combined spent over $30 million dollars during … Continue reading

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Twitter – Retweet Feature Explained

Mashable posted an explanation of Twitter’s new retweet feature and explores whether the feature reduces attribution confusion, broken messages, and adds to the online conversation.  The post can be found here.

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Internet Politico Reviews Obama Campaign Manager’s Book

TechPresident has cross-posted from Epolitics.com a review of David Plouffe’s The Audacity to Win that creates a list of substantive mentions of online politics in the book.  The review can be found here.

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

Here are a few political law news items of interest: Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in the NY-23 special congressional election, has asked supporters to contribute to his recount fund.  In Advisory Opinion 2006-24, the Federal Election Commission authorized the … Continue reading

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November 19, 2009 FEC Open Hearing Update

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) press release regarding the actions taken at yesterday’s open meeting can be found here.  A few items of interest: The FEC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding federal candidate or officeholder participation in nonfederal fundraising … Continue reading

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FEC Open Meeting Today

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is holding an open meeting today.  The agenda document can be found here.  Some items of note: The FEC will consider a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding federal candidates and officeholders participation in nonfederal fundraising events such … Continue reading

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Health Care Ad Wars

Politico reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent $1.6 million over the last ten days on grassroots lobbying advertisements targeting House Members who voted for the House health reform bill.  Roll Call ($) and The Hill report that outside … Continue reading

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SpeechNow.org v. FEC Update

BNA Money and Politics Reports ($) posted an article this morning discussing the number of advocacy groups seeking to file friend-of-the-court briefs before the D.C. Circuit’s January 2010 hearing in the SpeechNow.org case.  This case is shaping up to be a … Continue reading

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Latest Round Between the Obama Administration and Lobbyists

The National Journal reports that lobbyists unhappy with the Obama Administration’s recent lobbying restrictions are organizing an effort to push back.

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Confusion Concerning FEC Lobbyist/Registrant PAC Rules

Roll Call ($) reports that many trade associations and other organizations employing lobbyists did not “check the box” on the revised FEC Form 1, Statement of Organization, notifying the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) of their status as a lobbyist or Lobbying … Continue reading

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The House Ethics Committee’s Investigations And Their Impact On Fundraising

Roll Call ($) reports on whether the inadvertent disclosure of the House Ethics Committee’s investigations into the conduct of specific Members of Congress will chill fundraising efforts.

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