The Changing Rhetoric of Campaign Finance — Illinois Democrats Offer Innovative Campaign Freedom Measure

Illinois Democrats have an interesting proposal to “level the playing field” with independent expenditure committees.  A Federal Court recently applied the SpeechNow.org logic to allow independent expenditure committees to speak out in Illinois statewide and legislative campaigns.  This has caused a reaction in the Illinois General Assembly. From the Chicago Tribune: House Majority Leader Barbara […]

Filed Under: Blog, Featured Content, Super PACs, campaign finance reform, Chicago, Contribution limits, Illinois

Federal Court Strikes Down Three Montana “Clean” Election Laws

United States District Court for the District of Montana Judge Charles Lovell yesterday struck down three state laws that violated First Amendment rights to political speech: a ban on corporate donations to independent expenditure PACs; a political-civil libel statute; and a vote reporting disclaimer requirement. “This ruling is a solid win for the First Amendment,” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, corporate contributions, free speech, Montana, District Of Columbia, Montana

The Bizarre Common Cause Lawsuit

Common Cause has filed a lawsuit in a bizarre attempt to end the Senate practice of filibustering. The pro-regulation group partnered with Democratic Representatives John Lewis and Hank Johnson of Georgia, Michael Michaud of Maine and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, as well as three DREAM Act students as plaintiffs in the case.  Common Cause is […]

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Daily Media Links 5/17: Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal, and more…

Independent groups Chicago Tribune: Democratic legislators seek way around super PACs By Ray Long and Alissa Groeninger House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie,  D-Chicago,  advanced legislation that would remove contribution limits once an outside group spends $100, 000 on behalf of one candidate for the Legislature or local government. Lifting the restrictions would give an […]

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Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock US District Court Order and Permanent Injunction

In Western Tradition Partnership Inc. v. Attorney General, the Montana Supreme Court upheld Montana’s ban on corporate independent political expenditures, in the face of the United State’s Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen United v. Federal Election Commission.  Here is the US District Court Order and Permanent Injunction.

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Shareholders can continue to speak for themselves

There have been a number of stories hitting the news cycle concerning an activist group called Change to Win — who most recently, according to this Wall Street Journal piece, actively sang about successfully bullying of businesses into dropping their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Now, according to the WSJ, they are […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Featured Content, free speech, ISS, proxy season, shareholder votes, WellPoint, District Of Columbia

Daily Media Links 5/16: Obama’s reelection campaign has some fashionable fundraisers, and more…

Independent groups The Atlantic: The Obama Super PAC Ad Makes a Mockery of Campaign-Finance Laws  By David Graham  Well,  here’s a bit of fortuitous timing. Just Monday,  the Obama campaign released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital. The case study for the two-minute spot — which will run in Virginia,  Ohio,  Colorado,  Pennsylvania, […]

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DC Circuit Denies Stay in Van Hollen Decision

From Rick Hasen’s Election Law Blog: Big news from the D.C. Circuit…The opinion for two of the three judges explaining the reasons for denying the stay lean heavily on how the challengers to the district court ruling are unlikely to succeed in their legal arguments on appeal. The court also stresses the values of disclosure, […]

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Daily Media Links 5/15: Obama attack ad steals Gingrich tactic and puts spotlight on Bain, and more…

Independent groups Associated Press: New ‘super’ PAC hopes to woo younger voters,  tapping into unease about jobs,  student loan debt Crossroads Generation,  a new super PAC formed with the help of a handful of established GOP groups,  is tapping into the economic frustrations of under-30 voters facing dim job prospects,  crippling student loans or the prospect […]

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Daily Media Links 5/14: Trolling for Dirt on the President’s List, Politicians of all stripes hate the Citizens United decision, and more…

Disclosure Wall Street Journal: Trolling for Dirt on the President’s List By Kim Strassel Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of […]

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