Monthly Archives: August 2010

FEC Releases Draft Final Rules For Coordination, Federal Election Activity

At last week’s open meeting, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) adopted revised coordination rules applicable to outside groups, and federal election activity rules for state and local party committees.  The new coordination rules do change the coordination rules applicable to … Continue reading

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FEC To Consider Coordination Rulemaking At Next Open Meeting

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is scheduled to hold an open meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2010.  The agenda includes a couple of advisory opinion requests and the coordination and federal election activity rulemakings. The draft final coordination and federal … Continue reading

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Light Blogging Through Labor Day

As a result of my work and vacation schedule, I will be posting periodically as events warrant.  Please check back regularly after Labor Day.  Some of the issues I will be monitoring over the next couple of weeks include new … Continue reading

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President Calls On Congress To Reconsider The DISCLOSE Act

President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address to call on Congress to reconsider the DISCLOSE Act.  He did not make any new arguments for passage of the legislation and his statements echoed many of the same ones used … Continue reading

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Sign Of The Times

Airline baggage fees are now an itemized expense on national party committee disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Senate Democrats Release DISCLOSE Act Email

It appears that the reports about Senate Democrats bringing the DISCLOSE Act to the Senate floor for another vote have merit.  Senators Schumer and Leahy just sent a campaign email stating that they intend to bring the DISCLOSE Act up … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Update – Senate Democrats May Try Again After The August Recess

Hotline On Call reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act back to the Senate floor for another vote after the August recess.  It appears they have decided to use the legislation as a vehicle to score political points.  The Democrats and reformers are lobbying … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for week of August 9-13, 2010, is available here.

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Campaign Finance – John J. Sullivan’s FEC Nomination Withdrawn By White House

John J. Sullivan’s nomination to the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) was withdrawn by the White House yesterday.  Mr. Sullivan, a labor union lawyer, was nominated to fill Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s seat on the FEC.  Commissioner Weintraub is a holdover … Continue reading

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Internet – Blogosphere’s Rise As A Force In Political Communications

Politico published a must-read story this morning discussing the blogosphere’s significant impact on political media relations.  Campaigns are realizing the need for better relations with bloggers who post on a variety of subjects that may impact the dynamics of their … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – “Corporate Campaign Fundraising Picks Up Speed”

The Los Angeles Times reports that business and conservative groups have increased their fundraising as a result of favorable issues environment that may translate into success this November.  The article highlights spending plans by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and … Continue reading

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Lobbying – House Passes Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act

Last week, the House passed H.R. 5751, the Lobbying Disclosure Enhancement Act.  The bill was sent to the Senate for consideration last week. H.R. 5761 amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 by establishing a Lobbying Disclosure Enforcement Task Force that … Continue reading

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