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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

Law to Lead New 527

American Crossroads, a fledgling 527 political organization that hopes to raise some $60 million to help dozens of congressional Republican incumbents and candidates in this year's elections, has snared Steven J. Law, the general counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to run its operations and raise funds. Law, who has been at the chamber for about two years, will be leading a group that seems poised to play a big role this fall, according to two sources familiar with the new 527. It recently raked in millions of dollars with the help of ex-RNC chairman Ed Gillespie and one

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 4:31pm

Neugebauer Raising Money Off "Baby Killer" Outburst

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) apologized on 3/22 for shouting "it's a baby killer" at Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) during the 3/21 health care debate, but he is hoping to use the incident to pull in new campaign cash.

Neugebauer has attempted to rally pro-life supporters to his cause, as he added a video to his campaign website late yesterday explaining his controversial remarks. A "Donate Today" button stands out prominently beneath the video.

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

Bayh Gives $1M To IN Dems

Sen. Evan Bayh (D) announced today that he has contributed $1M of his campaign cash to help Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) succeed him in the Senate.

"This is a million dollar vote of confidence in Brad Ellsworth and Indiana Democrats," said Bayh. "Though I am leaving the Senate at the end of my term, I am determined to help Brad Ellsworth and the 2010 Democratic ticket with the financial resources they need to run a successful campaign."

Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 4:05pm