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527 fix returns, passes, heads to governor

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From Sunshine State News: In stark contrast to the way lawmakers tried earlier this year to rein in shadowy electioneering groups in a broad campaign finance bill that was ultimately vetoed, the House quietly passed and sent to Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday a second attempt to put some regulations on “527” organizations. The “electioneering communications organizations,” sometimes called 527s for the section of IRS code that deals with them, have torpedoed campaigns with little accountability since a federal court…

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Local newspaper balks at publishing Mitch Kates’ ‘press release’ for H-48 candidate Tom McKone

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An anonymous source sent me a series of e-mails between political consultant Mitch Kates and Patrick Wheeler, the publisher of the East Lake Blister. At first glance, these e-mails look like small potatoes, but taken together they reinforce some of the perceptions about how Kates operates; how he works to gain earned media for his clients — a tactic that worked for Kevin Beckner, but backfired for Scott Wagman. It remains to be seen how Kates’ efforts will work for…

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