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Philadelphians continue to experience democracy in action.  After millionaire Tom Knox exposed the foolishness of contribution limits by running a self-financed campaign, independent advocacy organizations quickly stepped in to fill the vacuum left by stringent campaign regulation. Our readers should be able to guess what happened next.

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How much does the N.Y. Times hate spying?

The New York Times doesn’t want the government "Spying on Americans."  Neither do we.  But which one of us really means it?

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Rep. Meehan introduces grassroots lobbying disclosure bill (H.R. 2093)

The text is available HERE.

Our readers might recall that a similar provision was struck from the Senate ethics bill (S.1) back in January by a vote of 55-43.  The House version is somewhat different than the version rejected by the Senate, though not in any constitutionally significant way.

Rollcall ($) has good coverage, including this great exchange:

"I can’t even comprehend any objection to having for-profit businesses report fees they earn trying to influence Congress on important pieces of legislation," said Craig Holman of Public Citizen. 

Opponents can: the First Amendment. They say that even in its pared-down form, the proposal would impose undue reporting requirements on small groups and citizen activists. The result, they argue, could be a chill on constitutionally protected free speech. “It is dangerous to democracy to have incumbent politicians regulating who speaks to their constituents about what Congress is doing,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.

Click the headline for links to previous CCP primers, testimony, op-eds, and blog posts on this issue.

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H.R. 2093

Text of H.R. 2093, the grassroots lobbying disclosure proposal introduced by former Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) in the 110th Congress.

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W.C. Fields Must be Pleased

Many of the famed comedian W.C. Fields’ best lines came at the expense of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love.  But for lovers of free speech, there’s only grim humor in Philadelphia’s mayoral race, where the failures and threats of campaign finance regulation are again on display.  Click the headline.

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Closer Than We Think, Part I: Wickard v. Filburn … for Speech?

Campaign finance regulation is part of an age-old debate, and far larger war.

What is this debate all about?  And which side will win a battle in WRTL II?

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WRTL Information for Reporters

Click on the headline for resources related to the Supreme Court case WRTL v. FEC

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