Daily Media Links 4/13: AFL-CIO forms a ‘super PAC’ focused on union organization, Would the Supreme Court Uphold a Ban on Super PACs Closely Linked to Candidates?, and more…

Independent groups Huffington Post: Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court Uphold a Ban on Super PACs Closely Linked to Candidates?  by Lyle Denniston One word has always turned up in a string of modern constitutional rulings by the Supreme Court loosening federal controls on campaign spending. That word is “independent.” The Court, in fact, has […]

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Public Broadcasting Must Also Follow the First Amendment

Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court struck down a ban on political and issue advertising in public broadcasts.  The opinion, which targets the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ban on non-profit and political advertising, leaves intact bans on commercial advertisements. The opinion concluded that the ban on political and issue advertising violated the First Amendment’s free speech clause.  Although the […]

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Daily Media links 4/12: A Case Study of the Super PAC Era, Why the John Edwards Trial Is a Bigger Deal Than You Think, and more…

Independent groups Reuters: Lawyer behind Super PAC ruling launches his own by Susan Heavey Republican James Bopp, who advised Citizens United in its case to eliminate restrictions on campaign contributions by companies and unions, filed paper work last week with the U.S. Federal Election Commission to create his USA Super PAC.   Read more… Wall […]

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Daily Media Links 4/11: 5 options for Santorum’s war chest, Cantor staff error to blame for anti-incumbent super PAC donation, and more…

Independent groups Politico 44: Crossroads launches $1.7M ad campaign against Obama by Byron Tau Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the GOP super PAC American Crossroads, is going up against President Obama in five states with an ad buy totaling $1.7 million.   Read more… MSNBC: Crossroads joins tag team hitting Obama on gas prices […]

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Is Asking Organizations to Boycott ALEC Protecting Speech or Intimidation?

Addressing conservative complaints that liberal groups campaigning to get corporations  to drop funding for the American Legislative Exchange Council are engaged in intimidation of speech, Election Law Blog’s Rick Hasen responds that “it looks to me like  protected First Amendment boycott-like activity.” Of course, it can be both. One question society is going to to have to ask itself  is whether it […]

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Daily Media Links 4/10: Maine Senate candidate asks for FEC permission to use federal contractor services ‘pro bono’, That Campaign Promise About Campaigning, and more…

In the News Bloomberg, Podcast: David Primo Discusses Corruption in New Jersey (Audio) David Primo,  a political science professor at the University of Rochester,  says a study that indicates that New Jersey has a low risk of corruption is flawed. Primo talks with Bloomberg’s Ken Prewitt and Tom Keene on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” Note: […]

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Van Hollen Decision: Disclosure No Matter Why You Gave

On March 30th, D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the Federal Election Commission (FEC) back to the drawing board with instructions to rewrite disclosure regulations enacted after 2010’s Citizens United decision. According to Eliza Newlin Carney of Roll Call, “At issue is whether trade associations or tax-exempt advocacy groups must report the donors […]

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Daily Media Links 4/9: FEC Ruling Leaves Ad Uncertainty, 5 lessons for Congress, and more…

Independent groups Wall Street Journal: Super PAC Money Stalled Despite Obama Greenlight  by Peter Nicholas and Carol Lee After Bill Burton failed to win the job of White House press secretary last year, he took a position nobody else wanted—helping lead a super PAC to help re-elect the president.   Read more… Reuters: INSIGHT-Key Democratic donors cool […]

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Campaign Funding Not Just About Super PACs

It’s tempting to feel sorry for Obama because it would appear he’s having some trouble raising money for his re-election campaign through his super PAC Priorities USA Action. Billionaire investor George Soros and insurance executive Peter Lewis – who together have donated more than $50 million to Democratic political groups since 2004 – are among […]

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Daily Media Links 4/6: ankers Form SuperPac for ‘Surgical’ Strike at Industry’s Enemies, Citizens United, Supreme Court Targeted In Campaign By ‘Outraged’ Progressive Group, and more…

Independent groups American Banker: Bankers Form SuperPac for ‘Surgical’ Strike at Industry’s Enemies by Barbara Rehm Frustrated by a lack of political power and fed up with blindly donating to politicians who consistently vote against the industry’s interests,  a handful of leaders are determined to shake things up. Read more.. Washington Post: Main Street banks break away […]

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