Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United (Part Five: Conclusions)

The following post is adapted from my 2012 essay, “Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United.” It evaluates four major predictions, identified in “Back to the Future? The Effects of Citizens United v. FEC in the 2010 Election,” by Peter L. Francia, that motivate would-be “reformers” of Citizens United. Taken together, these […]

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In the News: Daily Caller: ‘Avengers’ of campaign finance

Daily Caller: ‘Avengers’ of campaign finance By Zac Morgan and Joe Trotter If campaign finance laws exist in the movies, Iron Man can contribute to whatever candidate or party he wants, but the Incredible Hulk cannot. In fact, if the Hulk makes a contribution, he could face a prison sentence of up to five years […]

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Daily Media Links 7/24: House IRS Probe Continues, Oversight Probe: House Dems Pressured SEC to Scrutinize 501(c) Donations, and more…

In the News   Politico Influence: Big Q2 spenders: Defense flat – White House hosts global investment forum – Nelson joins Dentons – Al Jazeera, a hot potato client? By BYRON TAU & ANNA PALMER The conservative group Center for Competitive Politics is asking the Supreme Court to hear former lobbyist Kevin Ring’s appeal on corruption […]

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Committee for Economic Development Touts Junk Survey of “Executives”

The Committee for Economic Development is holding a big event (free lunch with registration!) at the National Press Club today to unveil the results of a four-day, opt-in, non-sampled, online poll of 302 people about campaign finance. All 302 people work for companies with greater than five employees, and all of them hold titles ranging […]

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Daily Media Links 7/23: Want to Run for Congress? Prepare to Ask People for Money 8 Hours a Day, Why Nearly Everyone in Congress Has a Leadership PAC These Days, and more…

Candidates, Politicians, Campaigns, and Parties   Roll Call: Want to Run for Congress? Prepare to Ask People for Money 8 Hours a Day  By Nathan L. Gonzales As a political analyst, it’s easy to criticize candidates for not raising enough money. But it’s also easy to forget how hard it is to raise money. And it’s […]

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Daily Media Links 7/22: Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Campaign Finance Laws: Can They Co-Exist?, Brief: Vague Criminal Laws Threaten First Amendment, and more…

In the News   SSRN: Free Speech, Fair Elections, and Campaign Finance Laws: Can They Co-Exist? By CCP Academic Advisor Joel M. Gora A prominent politician once observed that, “You can either have free speech or fair elections, but you can’t have both.” In the view of this article, that has it precisely backwards. In fact, […]

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In the News: Politico Influence: Big Q2 spenders: Defense flat – White House hosts global investment forum – Nelson joins Dentons – Al Jazeera, a hot potato client?

By Byron Tau & Anna Palmer GROUP PUSHES SCOTUS ON LOBBYIST CONVICTION: The conservative group Center for Competitive Politics is asking the Supreme Court to hear former lobbyist Kevin Ring’s appeal on corruption and honest services wire fraud charges. Ring was a former lobbyist for Jack Abramoff at Greenberg Traurig and later at Barnes & Thornburg. […]

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Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United (Part Four: Foreign Takeover of American Elections?)

The following post is adapted from my 2012 essay, “Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United.” It evaluates four major predictions, identified in “Back to the Future? The Effects of Citizens United v. FEC in the 2010 Election,” by Peter L. Francia, that motivate would-be “reformers” of Citizens United. Taken together, these […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Maine

Daily Media Links 7/19: The IRS Goes to Washington, GOP links IRS counsel’s office to targeting bias, and more…

Independent Groups   Wall Street Journal: The IRS Goes to Washington  Count us skeptical that, as head of the IRS’s legal shop, Mr. Wilkins wasn’t aware of the questions and evolving procedures for handling 501(c)(4) applications. When he was appointed to the IRS job in April 2009, the White House announcement emphasized his expertise in “counselling non-profit organizations.” […]

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In the News: The Hill: Supreme Court urged to review lobbyist’s conviction

Megan R. Wilson discusses CCP’s amicus brief in the Ring case: …In its amicus brief to the high court, the center said that, by upholding a standard of using a person’s campaign donations to infer bribery, the ruling threatened to have a “chilling effect” on free speech rights. “Lobbyists and other citizens who may hope […]

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