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Campaign Finance Bill In Final Negotiations

Final sticking points over a measure to curb some campaign spending and promote more robust disclosure are being negotiated with key stakeholder groups as sponsors hope to see the bill hit the House floor next week, after making it through the House Rules Committee.

Backers of the DISCLOSE Act, sponsored by DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), are negotiating with the National Rifle Association and with national labor unions in hopes of softening their concerns over the bill.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 3:07pm

FTC Cracks Down On Spyware Provider

The FTC announced Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with a Florida firm that bars the firm from selling spyware to customers and showing them how to secretly install the software on computers without the computer owner's knowledge. CyberSpy Software agreed to settle a 2008 FTC lawsuit that alleged it violated the law by advertising its RemoteSpy key logger program as being "100 percent undetectable" and could be installed on another person's computer without their knowledge, the FTC said in a news release.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 2:50pm

Meek Rival Gave To GOPers

Investment banker Jeff Greene (D), a late entry into the race to replace outgoing Sen. George LeMieux (R-FL), is running as a Dem, but his voting record and his campaign contributions tell a different story -- one his leading Dem rival has already siezed on.

Greene, already under fire for making millions by purchasing credit default swaps during the height of the housing bubble -- investments that paid off when the market crashed -- is now taking heat for giving thousands of dollars to GOP candidates.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 1:56pm

Palin Endorses Murkowski Foe

Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has already beaten one Murkowski, and now she's setting her sights on another, endorsing Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) primary rival.

In a note posted to Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, Palin -- who beat then-Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) in the '06 GOP primary -- endorsed attorney Joe Miller (R) over Lisa Murkowski, calling the incumbent a part of the problem in DC.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:50pm

PTO Teams With Google On Trademark, Patent Database

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday announced it has reached a two-year "no-cost" agreement with Google to make patent and trademark data electronically available for free to the public in bulk form. Saying it currently lacks the technical capacity to offer such a service itself, the PTO said the two-year agreement with Google is a temporary solution while the agency seeks a contractor to build the PTO its own database that would allow the public to access such data in electronic machine-readable bulk form. PTO Director David Kappos said in a statement that the move is part of its

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:25pm

Greer Charged With Theft, Money Laundering

Ex-FL GOP chair Jim Greer will be charged with 6 felony counts for allegedly laundering money through a company he and a former top aide set up, a contract that gave him $200K in money intended to go toward electing GOP candidates.

Announcing the indictments today, FL law enforcement officials said Greer could face significant time in jail. At least 2 of the charges carry maximum sentences of 30 years in prison. Greer was taken into custody at his home early this morning.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:20pm

Google Wi-Fi Incident Under More Scrutiny

Canada's privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into Google's disclosure that it mistakenly collected data from unsecured home Wi-Fi networks. "We are very concerned about the privacy implications stemming from Google's confirmation that it had been capturing Wi-Fi data in neighborhoods across Canada and around the world over the past several years," Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said in a statement Tuesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 11:17am

Ex-FL GOP Chair Greer Arrested On Unknown Charges

Ex-FL GOP chair Jim Greer was arrested Wednesday morning at his home, though charges against the disgraced chairman were not immediately available.

Greer has been under investigation by the FL Department of Law Enforcement since an audit of party finances showed he allegedly profited from a shell corporation set up during his time at the state party.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:54am

Lincoln Closes While Enviros Attack

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is acknowledging voter anger that has imperiled her re-election chances as yet another traditionally Dem group attacks her a week before the runoff election.

In her closing argument, Lincoln urges voters to choose her for her experience and her prominent position as the Senate Agriculture Committee chair rather than bending to the will of DC-based special interests, many of whom have helped prop up LG Bill Halter's (D) campaign.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 10:21am

When The Establishment Wins

The meme for the '10 midterms is set: It's not good to be an establishment favorite, and it's even worse to be an incumbent. But campaigns still matter, and those who know how to win an election still have an advantage, as candidates in several primaries demonstrated last night.

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 9:16am