Daily Media Links 9/21: Google reevaluates lobbying contracts, Candidate offered to drop out – for a price, and more…

September 21, 2012   •  By Joe Trotter   •  
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In the News

Washington Examiner: Court ruling a boon to privacy, accuracy 
By Allen Dickerson and Bradley Smith
This week, a unanimous federal appeals court struck a small but telling blow for privacy, free speech and accurate campaign disclosure. In Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission, the lower court had ruled that organizations making electioneering communications — broadcast communications that merely mention a candidate’s name within 60 days before a general election — must disclose information on all of their donors, even those unconnected to the ads in question. The FEC’s regulation had previously required public disclosure only of donors who had paid for particular communications.  
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Media Watch: Manufacturing Controversy 
By Joe Trotter
According to Open Secrets, employees from Oxbow contributed only $10,000 to Mitt Romney and a grand total of $50,750 to all federal candidates.  In other words, the New York Times inflated the amount Oxbow employees gave to Mr. Romney (assuming that is what they meant to calculate) by 300,000%.  
Intentional or not, the New York Times published a first-page story attacking a Presidential candidate and an entire corporation, using faulty information to justify their narrative.  The Times has done a grave disservice to their readership and seriously undermined its integrity as a serious news source.
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Independent groups

Politico: Emily’s List super PAC raises $2 million 
By Tarini Parti
The super PAC for pro-choice women’s group Emily’s LIST pulled in nearly $2 million last month and plans to start spending on ads targeting independent women in eight key House and Senate races.   
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Tax financing

Washington Post: Minor candidates are main focus of federal election funding program 
By TW Farnam
Her campaign officials, however, say they are having trouble getting the public funding fast enough to pay the campaign debts. They have been quick to find a culprit and allege a minor conspiracy by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, hinting that the commissioners are seeking to limit Stein’s ability to peel off liberals who would otherwise support Obama.  
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Associated Press: DC councilmember pushes for public campaign finance study 
WASHINGTON — A D.C. councilmember who says more than $113,000 went missing from his campaign account this summer is pushing for public financing of political campaigns in the district.  

Candidates and parties

The Hill: GOP: Reid’s Mitt-bashing broke rules 
By Alexander Bolton
Republicans say Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) flouted the spirit of ethical prohibitions against political activity on federal property Wednesday after he ripped Mitt Romney on the Senate floor.  

NY Times: In a Tight Race, Obama Draws on the Levers of His Power 
That’s when President Obama’s political team took over, providing a textbook example of how an incumbent can harness the power of the office to bolster the case for re-election. Rather than leave it to the trade office to announce the complaint, Mr. Obama decided to do it himself. Aides scheduled it for a campaign swing to the auto-dependent battleground state of Ohio, leaked it to the state’s largest newspaper, then sent other journalists a link to the resulting story plus voter-friendly talking points.  

Washington Examiner: Obama camp denies POTUS violated campaign finance law with $10M ask  
By Joel Gerke
President Obama’s campaign denied that he violated campaign finance laws by suggesting that donors contribute as much as $10 million to his official super PAC.  

Washington Post: The politics of protocol: ‘The Honorable’ runs afoul of House ethics rules 
Has the House of Representatives lost its honor? Indeed: Members are now discouraged from using the term “Honorable” for any fundraising events.  

Omaha World Herald: Candidate offered to drop out – for a price 
By Christopher Burbach
“If I was trying to extort money or something like that, why would I send an email directly from my email to his email?” Geary asked.  

Lobbying and ethics

Politico: Google reevaluates lobbying contracts 
Google has 21 outside firms on retainer and spent nearly $9 million on lobbying during the first half of 2012, according to Senate lobbying reports.   

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