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Whitman Spending Record Amounts

Ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) spent $27.2M in her CA GOV bid from Jan. 1 to Mar. 17, according to a disclosure filed Monday, upping her total expenditures in the race to $46.6M since she joined in Feb. '09. More than $20M of Whitman's expenditures have been on TV and radio advertising, with 3 months to go before the primary.

Whitman, whose net worth is reported at over $1B, has now broken the record for campaign spending in CA (where self-funding big name candidates aren't all that rare) and is on pace to set a record among all self-funding candidates.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 9:34am

Hotline After Dark -- This Is A Big F#%^ing Deal

"World News," "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with Pres. Obama signing the health care bill into law.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) sat down with MSNBC's O'Donnell in an interview that aired on "Countdown" 3/23 p.m.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:59am

Google's China Problems Grow

From this morning's Earlybird: • Google's "problems in China escalated on Tuesday as its ties to some Chinese partners began to come apart and the government reacted angrily to Google's attempt to bypass government censors," the New York Times reports. • "Google Inc. is still censoring search content for some of its customers in China, a company spokeswoman said" today, "in a decision that underscores the Internet giant's delicate effort to hold onto its mainland businesses days after moving its search engine offshore," AP reports.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:30am

Report Finds Errors In Lobbying Filing

From this morning's Earlybird: • Roll Call (subscription) reports on the errors in the lobbying disclosure forms of companies, unions and other groups a new report by CQ MoneyLine has found. The report shows that at least $338 million worth of lobbying during the last 12 years has been underreported.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 8:30am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. VP Joe Biden thinks health care is a big bleeping deal. His remarks? Not such a bleeping deal. But GOP communicators who helped run against him last year are still frustrated that Biden's constant gaffes don't get more scrutiny.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will matter in politics today:

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 7:54am

Dems Ready For Repeal Efforts

Republicans confidently predict their drive to repeal health care reform will motivate conservatives, energize donors and drive voters to the polls this fall. The strategy makes some sense: Coming off a stinging defeat, it's an effective way to channel their energies against a new law the public ha

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 12:00am

Firms Voice Concern With Cybersecurity Bill

Three leading technology associations on Tuesday expressed concern that a major cybersecurity bill, which the Senate Commerce Committee is set to mark up Wednesday, could have unintended consequences that could hinder the ability of private companies to respond to threats and attacks. Leaders of TechAmerica, the Business Software Alliance and the Information Technology Industry Council praised many aspects of the bill, which was introduced last week by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 6:18pm

Conway Refuses To Join Lawsuit

KY AG Jack Conway (D) is wading into the health care debate, announcing Tuesday he will not file a lawsuit against the federal government in trying to refuse the legislation.

"I do not intend to use my authority as Kentucky Attorney General to sign our Commonwealth onto a health care lawsuit against the federal government, because I will not waste taxpayer dollars on a political stunt," Conway said in a statement provided to Hotline OnCall.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 5:52pm

Bennett Faces First Test Tonight

The first leg of the fiercely-contested UT SEN primary is now underway, as thousands of GOPers flock to their local precinct caucuses tonight.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 5:29pm

Boucher To Draft Spectrum Auction Bill

The FCC's national broadband plan could get a boost from possible House legislation that would grant the agency authority to implement one of its core recommendations: creating a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety officials, CongressDaily reported. The agency has suggested that the network be built using 10 megahertz of spectrum already under the control of emergency responders.

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 4:37pm