The Pennsylvania high court in recent years has seen some of the country's most expensive judicial elections, charges of nepotism, and an abuse of power scandal which ended with criminal charges and house arrest for a former justice. New ethics rules aim to curb judges' bad behavior.
Dozens of registered federal lobbyists raised money directly for the re-election campaigns of incumbent Republican U.S. Senators over the first half of 2013 -- but just one was disclosed to the Federal Election Commission under a 2007 law governing lobbyist bundlers.
Unlike last year's, the Securities and Exchange Commission's list of regulatory priorities for 2014 does not include consideration of how to ensure public companies provide investors with transparency about their corporate political spending.
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By allowing the majority of Senators to "advise and consent" on executive branch nominees -- without giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a virtual veto, the Senate could allow major progressive change in an array of areas beyond just the federal courts.
The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on a request by the Tea Party Leadership Fund to be exempted from campaign disclosure laws, based on alleged "sustain harassment and severe hostility" to Tea Party activists by the federal government and the general public.
A petition to the Securities and Exchange Commission, requesting a rule mandating that public companies disclose use of corporate resources for political activities to shareholders, received 643,599 public comments