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 […]
The Changing Rhetoric of Campaign Finance — Illinois Democrats Offer Innovative Campaign Freedom Measure
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]