Clips Round-up for 4/10/12
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
NaJo: Lobbyists OK lobbying reform proposals
"In an effort to force influence peddlers to register as lobbyists, the American League of Lobbyists on Monday proposed lobbying reforms aimed at making the laws more transparent and accountable, said ALL president Howard Marlowe." Roll Call, The Hill, Politico.
NYT: FCC pushes for web site on political ad spending on TV
"The government is moving forward with a plan to make local television stations post information about political advertising on a central Web site."
Politico: President Obama eyes super PAC showdown
Interesting look at how Democrats plan to respond to conservative super PAC attacks. Might not be able to compete dollar for dollar, but "Instead, the president’s campaign and the Obama-sanctioned super PAC Priorities USA Action are attempting to undercut the spending by tainting it in the minds of voters, linking it to oil magnates and other unpopular corporate interests."
Roll Call: Gates foundation will withdraw support for ALEC nonprofit
Janie Lorber reports: "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today became the latest backer to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council."
ThinkProgress: New Romney bundler is registered lobbyist for Big Oil
On Mitt Romney's lobbyist bundler report: "Now, an analysis of the campaign’s latest filing reveals another notable bundler: oil and gas industry lobbyist B. Kent Burton." (As a reminder, we only know this because he is required to release lobbyists that bundle--but he hasn't released his other bundlers.)
USA Today: Obama's day: Florida and the Buffett rule
Obama is heading to Florida today for some fundraisers.
WaPo: Deepending the progressive bench
Katrina vanden Heuvel writes about ALEC and how progressives need to "deepen" the bench: "But playing defense isn’t enough. The progressive movement needs to build a bench that can play offense at the grassroots, local, state and national levels, and one that is positioned to pull every lever of power in our multi-layered political system."
WaPo: Elizabeth Warren raises $6.9 million
"Former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren raised $6.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 in support of her challenge to Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, a massive sum that doubled what the incumbent collected over the same period."
HuffPost: Trayvon Martin shooting unlikely to change gun debate, lawmakers concede
On the gun debate and the power of the NRA. PCAF's David Donnelly: ""The NRA successfully shifted the action to the states because they have been able to claim -- incorrectly -- that there's no public appetite for gun control laws. Through hitting members of Congress hard and defeating a series of them with big money expenditures, the NRA shocked Congress into inaction."
Politico: David Rivera friendship risky for Marco Rubio
Various ethics inquiries into David Rivera won't stop Sen. Marco Rubio from helping him raise money.
Consider the Source: Texts from Hillary
CRP and iWatch put their spin on the Texts from Hillary meme.
Politico: Did Don Manzullo say Eric Cantor wouldn't be "saved"?
More news on the Eric Cantor-funding-anti-incumbent-PAC controversy, or, "how Congress can be like high school." NYT.
The Hill: Consumer bureau plans overhaul of mortgage industry
"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to overhaul the mortgage servicing industry, arguing that the problem-plagued sector is unaccountable and opaque."
The Hill: NRA, Club for Growth bombard GOP Sen. Lugar in new ads ahead of primary
"The National Rifle Association and the Club for Growth, two heavy-hitting conservative groups, are launching ads that paint Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) as a Washington insider and boost his Tea Party opponent, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R)."
Rolling Stone: Why Obama's JOBS Act couldn't suck worse
Matt Taibbi tears apart the JOBS Act, which is basically in invitation to more Wall Street corruption.
The Hill: Comcast spent heavily in support of anti-online piracy bills
"Cable giant Comcast’s efforts to secure passage of the defeated Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) provided a boost to the company’s lobbyists."
Huffington Post: Heather Wilson fundraising with Alaska's Lisa Murkowski for New Mexico Senate race
"Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is flying from Alaska all the way to New Mexico to hold a fundraiser for fellow Republican Rep. Heather Wilson. Republicans are hoping Wilson will be able to take over a U.S. Senate seat for the party in that state. "
Republic Report: Congressmen awarding big defense contracts to companies in which they own stock
"Republic Report has reviewed the personal finance disclosures of F-35 caucus, and found that a number of the lawmakers are also personally invested in the companies that produce the F-35."
Cincinatti Enquirer: Two PACs formed in NKY
"Two political action committees so far have been formed this year in Northern Kentucky."
TPM: DOJ official calls O'Keefe voter ID stunt manufactured
DOJ on the latest scam by James O'Keefe: "It’s no coincidence that these so-called examples of rampant voter fraud consistently turn out to be manufactured ones.”
KRWG: Martinez PAC raises big money, Texas billionaire still contributing
"A new campaign finance report shows a leading source of money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's political action committee is a Texas billionaire who's a major donor to conservative groups seeking to defeat President Barack Obama."