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Archive of entries posted on August 2009

Fourth Edition of The Lobbying Manual

             The Fourth Edition of The Lobbying Manual, the ABA’s guide to the federal law of lobbying, is now available for ordering here.  The Lobbying Manual is an invaluable resource for lawyers and lobbyists who need to keep track of the large and growing body of law that governs federal lobbying.  It is edited by [...]

Edward Kennedy, RIP

From Riddick’s Senate Procedure  FLOWERS IN SENATE CHAMBER  Resolution Adopted by Senate in 1905  Resolved, That until further orders the Sergeant at Arms is instructed not to permit flowers to be brought into the Senate Chamber.  On September 15, 1983, the Senate adopted the following resolution on this subject:  Resolved, That notwithstanding the resolution of [...]

The CIA OIG Report on Enhanced Interrogations and Congressional Briefings

            The May 7, 2004 CIA Inspector General Report on enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and related activities, released yesterday, contains the following references to congressional briefings (on pages 23-24 of the report):   “In the fall of 2002, the Agency briefed the leadership of the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees on the use of both standard [...]

Senate Ethics Clears Conrad and Dodd

           The Senate Ethics Committee has issued letters to Senators Kent Conrad and Chris Dodd dismissing a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) regarding mortgages the Senators obtained through the Countrywide Financial “VIP” program.  The committee found no “substantial credible evidence” that the mortgages violated Senate ethics rules, but nonetheless [...]

TARP and Stimulus Lobbying by Members of Congress

           Yesterday the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) released a report regarding efforts to prevent “undue external influence” over the TARP program.  On page 13, the report discusses the yet-to-be-issued Treasury rules regarding lobbying on TARP matters:  At the time of our study, Treasury was still in the process of [...]

Constitutionality of Revolving Door Statute Called into Question

            A federal judge has preliminarily enjoined enforcement of the Ohio revolving door statute against a former state legislator who sought to lobby his former colleagues on an uncompensated basis.  (hat tip—Election Law Blog). In Brinkman v. Budish, No. 1:09-cv-326 (S.D. Ohio Aug. 4, 2009), the court found a substantial likelihood that the law, as [...]

Washington Post Seeking Access to Jurors in William Jefferson Case

           The Washington Post reporter has asked Judge Ellis to provide him a list of jurors who served on the William Jefferson case so that he can attempt to contact them for interviews.  According to this letter, the reporter has obtained such information in the past on “high profile cases” from the clerk’s office.              [...]

Renzi and Feeney

           The Government has filed its opposition to former Congressman Renzi’s appeal of the Magistrate Judge’s Speech or Debate rulings.  Its brief argues that “[t]he crux of the honest services case against Renzi . . . are his acts of receiving a personal benefit for a decision while purporting to be exercising independent discretion, as [...]