By Joe TrotterYesterday, the Cato Institute held the event ”Campaign Finance after Citizens United: What Happened? What Now.” Featuring CCP Chairman Brad Smith and Academic Advisor John Samples, the event looked at how campaigns and elections changed since the decision and looked at the future of campaign finance.
Candidates, Politicians and Parties
By Natalie JenningsMcGovern’s staff posted a link to the video below on the social networking site of him introducing legislation to overturn Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to make unlimited political donations. Within a few hours, the post accumulated more than 3,000 “up-votes,” pushing it to the top spot on the site.
By JEREMY W. PETERSWASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders agreed to new limits on the filibuster on Thursday, an effort to speed action in the often-clogged chamber by reducing how often senators could use a common tactic to slow the legislative process.
By Robert YoonWashington (CNN) – More than four years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally paid off her campaign debt.
Lobbying and Ethics
By Dave LevinthalCongress’ fiscal cliff fiasco, a flurry of lame duck legislation and election-season politics drove some of the nation’s most powerful lobbying forces to double down on their governmental influence efforts late last year, newly filed reports show.
By David UbertiWASHINGTON – Bay State Representative Mike Capuano was named to the House Ethics Committee today, according to a press release from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.
By Amanda BeckerThe House Ethics Committee on Wednesday said members and senior staffers must disclose the underlying assets in certain investment funds and accounts, regardless of whether the person has any role in selecting the investments.
By Ian Bauer“I didn’t know there was a limit of $3,900 unfortunately,” he said. “I’m surprised. How does any individual know about such laws?”
By Mark PaznoikasDonovan’s former campaign manager and treasurer are charged in connection with what federal authorities say was an attempt to trade $27,500 in campaign donations in return for blocking legislation that would have imposed fees on Rogers’ roll-your-own tobacco business.
By TW FarnamA Florida good-government group is pushing a novel plan to fix a state political system overrun with untraceable money. It wants to remove a $500 cap on checks to campaigns and allow donors to contribute as much as they like.
By Rod BoshartDES MOINES | The executive director of Iowa’s Ethics and Campaign Finance Disclosure Board on Wednesday proposed a change to streamline the agency’s complaint process. Citizen activists questioned whether result would be less public input and disclosure than the current arrangement provides.
By Nick PowellAs part of a long meeting yesterday, the New York City Council voted overwhelmingly, 47-1, to pass Int. 978, a bill that would exempt member organizations and corporations from disclosing member-to-member communications in relation to candidates or issues that they support during an election year. The passage is a victory for unions, corporations, and other membership organizations, who were previously allowed such communications with their members or shareholders before the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) promulgated changes to the city Charter in 2010.