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THE NEW CAMPAIGN FINANCE
LANDSCAPE: SUPER PACS SPENDING
BIG IN 2012 ELECTION

By Audrey Perry Martin

Super PACs are a new kind of political action committee created in July 2010 following the outcome of the federal court case SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission (SpeechNow.org v. Fed. Election Comm'n, 599 F.3d 686 (D.C. Cir. 2010) cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 553, 178 L. Ed. 2d 371 (U.S. 2010)). read more >>>


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION PLAYS
CAMPAIGN FINANCE WATCHDOG

By Ashlee N. Titus

While the courts are de-regulating campaign finance, other branches of government are searching for ways to clamp down.  At the national level, the Securities and Exchange Commission has targeted individuals and entities that provide investment advisory services to government pension systems. read more >>>


THIRD TIME'S NO CHARM: CALIFORNIA UPDATES ITS FUND MANAGER AND PLACEMENT AGENT RULES, BUT MISSES ON THE REGULATED COMMUNITY'S MAJOR CONCERNS

By Brian T. Hildreth

For the third time in as many years, California has enacted rules targeting investment managers and investment placement agents who do business with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). read more >>>