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Ex-FL GOP Chair Subject Of Investigation

Former FL GOP chair Jim Greer is the subject of a criminal investigation after an audit showed he may have profited from party activity, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation.

A probe into the party's finances, ordered by new party chair John Thrasher, uncovered a relationship between the FL GOP and Victory Strategies LLC, a fundraising firm owned jointly by Greer and ex-party executive director Delmar Johnson. The FL GOP paid the company about $200K in '09, the audit showed.

Those actions could violate state law.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 2:41pm

Onorato Launches First PA GOV Ads

Allegheny Co. Exec. Dan Onorato (D) announced today he raised about $909K in the first quarter and has $6.7M CoH, by far the largest total in the PA GOV Dem primary race.

He put that cash to good use yesterday by releasing the first TV ads of the race. The three biographical spots highlight his experience governing Allegheny Co., which includes Pittsburgh. The spots, which focus on his economic, government reform and job creation records, will air in heavy rotation around the state. A solid week of advertising in PA can cost a campaign more than $1M.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 2:14pm

New USTR Report Cites Technical Barriers To Trade

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a report Wednesday that examines technical barriers to trade and specifically cited policies imposed by the European Union, China and other countries that hamper U.S. exporters. The report, included as part of the National Trade Estimate sent to Congress, said China's regulations and technical standards aimed at information technology products appear in "too many instances ...

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 1:38pm

Fox Slaps Rapper Over Palin Protest

Rapper LL Cool J isn't happy that Fox News is using him to promote ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R), and now they've scrapped his appearance.

The network had planned to use an '08 interview with LL Cool J in the first episode of Palin's "Real American Stories. But the rapper wasn't thrilled.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 1:35pm

It's The Health Care, Stupid

Conventional wisdom holds that the midterm elections will be all about the economy -- especially with unemployment at 9.7% and the country struggles to get out of a recession. But, Hotline editor John Mercurio wonders, what if the '10 elections really hinge on health care?

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 1:18pm

E-Mail Of Journalists Who Cover China Hacked

The e-mail accounts of several journalists, human rights activists and academics who cover China have been hacked, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The attacks targeted Yahoo e-mail accounts of those who write about China and Taiwan and began mostly last week after Google announced it would redirect all its users in China to its uncensored Hong Kong-based search site, the report said.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 1:18pm

Paul Raises $600K, But Is Low On Cash

Ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) will report raising approximately $600K over the last 3 months, according to campaign manager David Adams.

Adams said he's still uncertain what the exact cash on hand figures will look like and stressed several times, "We've spent just about all of it." Figures for the first quarter won't be available until the quarter actually ends, at midnight tonight.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:41pm

Experts: Net Will Change Government, Institutions

The second report released Wednesday out of four gauging the opinions of Internet stakeholders found that while a large majority of those surveyed believe the Internet will lead to more efficient and responsive government institutions and businesses, they disagreed on the rate of change.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:00pm

McCain Sets Fundraising Expectations

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) didn't even wait for the first quarter to come to a close before he began to set expectations, announcing he had raised $2.2M over the last 3 months.

McCain's campaign has $4.5M in the bank so far. The first quarter ends tonight at midnight, and reports aren't due to the Secretary of the Senate until Apr. 15.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:55am

White House Weighs Proposals To Improve Info Sharing

The White House is seriously considering proposals by a bipartisan task force to prevent lapses in information sharing among agencies that have allowed some terrorist plots to go undetected, according to members of the nonprofit panel.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:38am