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The 3-to-3 gridlocked votes of the Federal #Election Commission have created a rapidly expanding universe of unofficial law, where Republican commissioners have loosened restrictions on candidates and outside groups simply by signaling what standards they are willing to enforce.

#Campaign   lawyers of both parties say the deadlocks have profoundly, if informally, affected the rules governing campaigns, particularly on questions involving whether political nonprofit groups must disclose their finances and the threshold for starting an investigation.

#campaignfinance  
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"The #FederalElectionCommission has given American Action Network, Americans for Job Security and all other #darkmoney groups carte blanche to ignore #campaignfinance laws. It is crystal clear that the only way the FEC is ever going to enforce the law is if a court forces the Commission to do so. Today’s lawsuit gives the courts the chance to set things right."

http://www.citizensforethics.org/press/entry/crew-sues-fed-election-commission-failure-to-enforce-federal-election-act
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New study ranks all 50 states on #opendata policies and portals. How'd yours do? [via Center for Data Innovation]
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Wall Street and the financial industry spend about $1.5 million per day trying to influence DC. [via +US News & World Report]
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Jordan Morrisey, who wrote an article about the topic as a researcher for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said honoring lawmakers and regulators is “one of the more under the radar moves in Comcast’s merger playbook — a playbook that also emphasizes lobbying, campaign contributions and winning support from third-party groups, especially those representing minorities.”

#comcasttwc #corruptioningovernment #lobbying  
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"There are no rules preventing businesses from helping to honor regulators in this way..."

#fcc   #comcasttwc #corruptioningovernment  
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“There are a lot of reasons why tax reform is stuck in Congress, and one of them is because big companies with vested interests want it to be stuck,” said Adam Rappaport, a senior counsel at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which flagged the #Medtronic   #lobbying   activity.

“Hiring an army of well-connected lobbyists is probably a good investment on their part, regardless of whether it is in the country’s best interest,” he said.

#taxinversion  
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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s Adam Rapapport said that depending on how involved Feehery is in running a member’s official duties, it may be a violation of House rules.

“The question is, essentially, is the person acting as a congressional staffer but being paid by somebody else, and generally speaking, I would think there is a difference between having a kitchen cabinet and having somebody involved in hiring decisions,” Rappaport said.

#stevescalise #congress #lobbyists  
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Adam Rapapport, senior counsel at CREW, said the votes against an investigation relied on an "absurdly narrow" interpretation of what constituted political activity. "We're disappointed that the three republican members of the #FEC are blocking disclosure by some of the biggest #darkmoney   groups," he said.
Republicans on the Federal Election Commission voted to block investigations into two more major political nonprofits that the commission's own staff lawyers argued broke election law in 2010, according to recently released documents.
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One year on, our Worst Governors in America report is still getting play. Read why.
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