Media Watch: How not to “clean up Albany”

On Friday, The New York Times Editorial Board resumed its delusional calls for a statewide taxpayer-financed campaign program, using long-discredited arguments to urge the Governor Cuomo-appointed Moreland Commission to make tax-financing its “No. 1 proposal” in a report on corruption in the state’s campaign and election systems, expected December 1. The Editorial Board writes “most deep-pocketed […]

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Daily Media Links 11/25: Evidence of post-scandal fixes at IRS remains scant, More on “Independence”—Expert Reader Responses, Corporations increasingly spying on nonprofits, group says, and more…

Independent Groups Cincinnati: Evidence of post-scandal fixes at IRS remains scant By Deirdre Shesgreen WASHINGTON — More than six months after a top Internal Revenue Service official acknowledged the agency inappropriately scrutinized applications for tax exemption by tea party and other conservative groups, the scandal has faded from the headlines and moved to Congress’ back burner. […]

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Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling

“Because the district court decided the case on the basis of preemption, it never had reason to address the arguments regarding the constitutionality of the statute. We are a reviewing court and think that the argument would benefit from two‐tiered examination. We thus reverse the ruling on preemption and remand for an evaluation of whether […]

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Daily Media Links 11/22: Government is not beholden to the rich, Top lobbyist Gerry Cassidy to step down, Gansler camp clarifies ‘pledge’ to curb spending after legal questions are raised, and more…

Lobbying and Ethics Washington Post: Government is not beholden to the rich By Robert J. Samuelson If lobbyists aim to empower the rich, they’re doing a lousy job. Democracy responds more to the mass of voters and to political crusades than to the wealthy or business interests. In the recent government shutdown, corporate America discovered that its influence […]

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Daily Media Links 11/21: More Soft Money Hard Law: Minnesota and the Frustrations of Judging “Independence”, Daily Caller: Lawsuit: No basis for anti-Walker ‘John Doe’ probe, CPI: ‘Dark money’ groups give big to similar nonprofits, and more…

Independent Groups More Soft Money Hard Law: Minnesota and the Frustrations of Judging “Independence” By Bob Bauer The many who shake their heads over the follies of the campaign finance laws are startled that there is any question about the right answer: independence must be just that—absolutely no contact with the candidate. This is, of course, […]

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Daily Media Links 11/20: Disclosure and the Willingness to Contribute, Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors, and more…

CCP   Disclosure and the Willingness to Contribute  By Luke Wachob Here at CCP, we’ve long been engaged in weighing the costs and benefits of disclosure. A new study conducted by Raymond La Raja, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has the potential to expand our understanding of disclosure laws by […]

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Disclosure and the Willingness to Contribute

Here at CCP, we’ve long been engaged in weighing the costs and benefits of disclosure. A new study conducted by Raymond La Raja, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has the potential to expand our understanding of disclosure laws by demonstrating how they affect donors’ willingness to make campaign contributions. La […]

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Daily Media Links 11/19: Journal Sentinel: Walker campaign, conservative groups subpoenaed, newspaper reports, AP: GOP Group Money Down, Hints at Donor Uncertainty, CPI: Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it’s not ‘political’, and more…

Independent Groups Journal Sentinel: Walker campaign, conservative groups subpoenaed, newspaper reports By Patrick Marley Eric O’Keefe, the director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, told the nation’s most widely known conservative editorial page he received a subpoena in early October. O’Keefe said at least three targets had their homes raided, according to the newspaper.   The […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Raid; Subpoenas hit allies of Scott Walker as his re-election campaign looms

By WSJ Review and Outlook Section Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms. In recent weeks, special prosecutor […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Political Speech Raid

From the Wall Street Journal: One subpoena also demands “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.” In other words, tell us who your donors are. The story continues: The probe began in the office of Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, though no one […]

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