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CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL INQUIRY ON MONITOR, FARA

Boston Progressive Examiner: “Jonathan Levy, an international law expert, is calling for Congressional hearings over Monitor Group lobbying for Libyan dictator Muammar Khadafy.  Levy says the failure of the Justice Department to watch the activities of foreign agents for rogue nations like Libya warrants Congressional oversight. … Levy, who previously pronounced Monitor Group’s failure to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act problematic, today said further inquiry is needed. “The Congressional Committees on Foreign Affairs should be holding hearings in this matter.”

DODD BRINGS HOLLYWOOD GLITZ TO LOBBYING

LAT: “A bit of the old Jack Valenti pizazz is back at Hollywood’s outpost in the nation’s capital, thanks to a new silver-haired frontman. … More than six years after the legendary lobbyist stepped down, the Motion Picture Assn. of America is reviving his tried-and-true methods of tapping entertainment industry glitz to help the major movie studios make their case to Washington’s power brokers. … The strategy was on display the night before the recent White House Correspondents Assn. dinner. The MPAA’s headquarters were bathed in purple-and-green mood lighting like a Hollywood nightclub as the group for the first time hosted its own bash on Washington’s most star-studded weekend.”

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES NOT ALWAYS FILLED OUT

Roll Call: “Members of Congress are required to disclose their personal finances by the beginning of next week, but if past efforts are any indicator, about a quarter of lawmakers will probably file inaccurate disclosure forms. … Members of Congress and certain senior-level staffers are required by federal law to file the annual report — due Monday — in order to provide a public window into lawmakers’ income, investments and liabilities. But the initial information provided by Members is frequently wrong. A Roll Call analysis of filings with the Clerk of the House shows that three out of 10 House Members filed amendments to prior disclosures last year. In the Senate, more than 12 percent of all filings last year were amending prior incorrect submissions, according to data gathered by CQ MoneyLine.”

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