By Lee DavidsonHowever, Allen Dickerson, with the conservative Washington, D.C.-based Center for Competitive Politics, said in an earlier committee hearing that the bill essentially “takes a corporation and transitions it into a PAC … that’s not constitutional,” and would likely challenge it in court.The group was a proponent of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that allowed a flood of corporate money into elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, urged members not to support it because it could lead to expensive court challenges, and might stifle political speech.
By Sarah LeeALEXANDRIA, Va. — CCP Legal Director Allen Dickerson will argue Monday morning, 9:30 am, in the case of Libertarian National Committee (LNC) v. FEC. The hearing will be before Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case argues that bequests should not be subject to the same restrictions as contributions from living individuals.
By NICHOLAS CONFESSOREPresident Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations.
By Tom HamburgerIn close consultation with President Obama, two of his top political strategists are designing an ambitious new organization funded by donations from wealthy individuals and corporations aimed at making political and legislative gains at the federal and state levels.
By Justin LevittFor better or worse, a professor’s thoughts are never far from final exams. The best exams, I think, test students’ understanding not just of the governing rules, but the legal rationales that drive them. And it’s no secret that in devising hypothetical questions for exams, professors often turn to potential scenarios that they’ve otherwise been mulling: scenarios that present tricky issues forcing the better students to dig beneath the surface. Often, these exam issues are drawn from pending or recent cases.
By Brent KendallWASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday declined to expand its review of federal campaign-finance laws, bypassing an appeal that sought to broaden free-speech rights of corporations by allowing them to make direct donations to political candidates.
By PETER OVERBYCongress outlawed corporate contributions to candidates back in 1907. Now, two businessmen say that Citizens United makes that law unconstitutional – and they claim a First Amendment right to give corporate funds directly to candidates.
By Byron TauThe Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a century-old prohibition on direct corporate contributions to candidates.
By Lawrence Hurley and Jonathan StempelIn a brief order, the court rejected the appeal of William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi, two Virginia businessmen who were charged with criminally circumventing federal election laws through their support of the 2006 Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton.
FBN’s Charlie Gasparino argues the SEC was bombarded with close to 500K letters in favor of more disclosures by advocacy groups.
Candidates, Politicians and Parties
By Chris CillizzaHere’s a novel concept: For all of the rhetoric he has devoted to the need to reform how campaigns are funded, President Obama has done little to, you know, actually bring about those reforms. And, it can be argued relatively convincingly that Obama has actually done plenty to exacerbate the influence of money in politics.
Lobbying and Ethics
By Marc CaputoThe charges against Justin Lamar Sternad stem from an investigation by the newspapers, which first found discrepancies in his congressional campaign-finance reports last August. The FBI then began investigating Sternad, whose reports could have concealed as much as $100,000 in services and mailers, some of which attacked a Democratic rival of Rivera, who is a Republican.
By Eric WangProminently displayed in the front window of the offices of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is Justice Louis Brandeis’ famous maxim, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” For campaign finance regulators, a corollary to this mantra is an even older proverb: “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” The idea is that, if we have better public reporting of campaign donors, not only will politicians be less likely to grant special favors to their contributors, but voters will have a better sense of the politicians’ values by virtue of who their “friends” (read: contributors) are.