Monthly Archives: December 2009

2011 Redistricting Preview

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza published an interesting post previewing the upcoming reapportionment and 2011 redistricting processes and the critical role of the 2010 gubernatorial elections.  The post can be found here.

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GAO To Probe ACORN’s Use of Federal Funds

The Hill reports that the General Accountability Office has informed two House Republicans that it will probe ACORN’s use of federal funds.

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Betrayal of Trust – Campaign Embezzlement Issues

The National Journal also published an interesting article about campaign and political committee staffers who embezzle funds from their employers and the difficult legal and political issues for the victims.

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Redistricting – The Battle Begins

The National Journal published an interesting article discussing the posturing by the political parties and their allies in anticipation of the reapportionment and redistricting battles that will soon begin in earnest.

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FEC Open Meeting Today

The Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) open meeting today begins at 11 am, not 10 am as indicated on the website.  On the agenda is an interim rule and a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the D.C. Circuit’s ruling in Emily’s … Continue reading

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FEC Adopts Agency Policy On Disclosing First General Counsel Reports

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) released the final version of its new agency policy requiring the disclosure of First General Counsel Reports at the close of an enforcement matter.  The First General Counsel’s Report contains the staff analysis and recommendations concerning how … Continue reading

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Facebook And Twitter – When Viruses Attack

The New York Times published an article on the latest viruses attacking Facebook and Twitter users.

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Blogs In Focus

The Politico published an article about efforts by conservatives to establish news websites and blogs to compete with their liberal counterparts.  The article focuses on the latest efforts by Tucker Carlson and Andrew Breitbart to launch their new online news … Continue reading

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Issue Ads On Facebook

The Hill published an interesting article on health care issue advertisements appearing on Facebook.  This trend will continue as more Americans receive current events and political news on social media.

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U.S. Supreme Court – Orders Only On Monday

SCOTUS Blog reports that the U.S. Supreme Court indicated that only orders will be released on Monday, meaning no opinion will be released for Citizens United v. FEC until January 2010.

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article on information released at the Council on Government Ethics Laws’ (“GOGEL”) annual conference regarding compliance with federal lobbying disclosure requirements after the enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of … Continue reading

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White House Announces New Open Government Directive

The National Journal’s Under The Influence Blog published a post on the new White House directive instructing federal government agencies to increase the amount of information available on government websites and available to the public.  The directive from Peter Orszag, Director … Continue reading

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No Citizens United Today

The U.S. Supreme Court released four opinions, but not one for Citizens United v. FEC.  Stay tuned.

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Potential Impact of Citizens United On State Campaign Finance Laws

The Wall Street Journal published an article this morning discussing the potential impact of Citizens United v. FEC on state campaign finance laws prohibiting or regulating political speech by corporations.  If the Supreme Court issues a broad decision in favor of … Continue reading

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Will the Citizens United Decision Be Released Tomorrow Morning?

The election law bar buzz is that the United States Supreme Court may release the Citizens United v. FEC decision tomorrow morning.  Time will tell whether the chatter is correct.  The speculation and theories on the timing of this decision … Continue reading

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