“Court Backs FEC On Disclosure”

Roll Call reports on the lower federal court decision in the Real Truth About Obama v. FEC case.

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FEC Selects New General Counsel

The press release announcing the selection can be found here.

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of June 13-17, 2011 is available here.

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FEC Releases Draft Advisory Opinion For Vendor Seeking to Collect Contributions

The Federal Election Commission just released the draft advisory opinion for request 2011-06.  This is an interesting advisory opinion request that may impact fundraising for some committees.

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of May 16-20, 2011 is available here.

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Lobbyists For Obama – The First Soft Money Ads Of The 2012 Presidential Election Are Sponsored By A Lobbyist Organization

It appears that the Democratic soft money group that fired the first shots in the 2012 presidential election is a Super PAC established or controlled by lobbyists.  I am not sure I have seen this reported anywhere.  The Priorities USA Action FEC Form 1 clearly states that the organization is a “Lobbyist/Registrant PAC.”  The FEC Form 1 Instructions require any PAC, including a super PAC such as Priorities USA Action,  that is established or controlled by a lobbyist or a registrant (an entity that employs lobbyists), to identify itself as such by checking the appropriate box on Page 2, Line 5(f). 

Clearly, the President’s number one soft money supporter was established and is controlled by lobbyists.  Who knew?

UPDATE:  Here are some articles discussing Priorities USA Action’s South Carolina ad:

Hotline On Call, Priorities USA Hits Romney In S.C. Ad

Politico, Priorities USA Action Hits Romney In First Ad

Update II:  Ben Smith at Politico reminds us that Harold Ickes is involved with Priorities USA Action.

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FEC Presidential Filings

A bit of presidential filing data courtesy of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).   As of today, there are seven individuals who have filed a presidential exploratory committee with the FEC, and 129 who have filed their Statement of Candidacy for President of the United States, including President Barack Obama.

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of May 9-13, 2011 is available here.

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Democrats Continue Their Love, Hate Relationship With Soft Money

Roll Call ($) reports on the urgent efforts by Democratic political operatives to raise soft money for their family of outside groups that will support Democratic candidates, including the President’s reelection campaign, in 2012.  This new found love for soft money comes after many months of denouncing the role of outside groups in the 2010 midterm elections.

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“Facebook: Exempt Us From FEC Rules”

Politico reports on an advisory opinion request before the Federal Election Commission filed by Facebook seeking confirmation that political ads placed on the social media platform are not required to contain a paid for by disclaimer.

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“White House Backs Down After Subpoena Threat From Rep. Issa”

The Hill reports that the White House will send an official to testify at tomorrow’s joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.  Tomorrow’s joint hearing is before the House Oversight and Small Business Committees.

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House Plans Hearings On President’s Draft Disclosure Executive Order

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Committee on Small Business have scheduled a joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose their political contributions as part of the contracting process.

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“Hoyer Opposes Obama’s Political Contribution Disclosure Plan”

The Hill reports on a fracture in the Democratic ranks over the President’s controversial draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.

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House GOP May Subpoena Obama Administration Over Draft Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Disclose Political Donations

Politico reports on the escalating battle over the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political donations.  A hearing by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is scheduled for this Thursday.

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FEC Soliciting Public Comments On Draft Policy Requiring Disclosure Of Exculpatory Evidence To Respondents In Enforcement Matters

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest reports that the Commission is soliciting comments from the regulated community on the draft policy requiring the Office of General Counsel to disclose exculpatory evidence in its possession to respondents in enforcement matters.  The draft policy was discussed during yesterday’s open meeting.

This policy is long overdue and should be adopted by the Commission.  Comments are due no later than 5 p.m. on May 23, 2011 and may be submitted electronically.  The Weekly Digest containing the announcement can be found here.

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