Colorado Independent: Gardner championed obvious dark-money group in IRS probe (In the News)

By Susan Greene Earlier this month, the conservative Center for Competitive Politics filed an ethics complaint against nine Democratic senators –- including Colorado’s Michael Bennet — who in 2012 signed onto a letter urging the IRS to examine how much “social welfare” work politically motivated nonprofit groups were doing during an election season. CCP and other conservative organizations say that letter […]

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Washington Examiner: Flag-desecration and First Amendment hypocrisy in the US Senate (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., explained her opposition to the flag desecration amendment by saying, “I cannot support an Amendment to the United States Constitution which would, for the first time in our nation’s history, narrow the reach of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.” Where once there was humility, now there is hubris. Senators […]

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New Republic: Conservatives Are Sacrificing Scott Walker for a Higher Cause (In the News)

By Bruce Murphy O’Keefe is independently wealthy and has worked for decades as a political activist crusading against the power of political incumbency, in favor of term limits and against the post-Watergate campaign-finance law, whose “actual intent … was to handicap challengers and therefore entrench incumbents,” he has written. David Koch felt the same way: The […]

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“McCutcheon v. FEC: Two Books on the Supreme Court’s Latest Campaign Finance Case” (Video)

On June 18, the Cato Institute hosted a book forum featuring several renowned figures in the campaign finance community. Shaun McCutcheon, the eponymous plaintiff in McCutcheon v. FEC, promoted his book, Outsider Inside the Supreme Court: A Decisive First Amendment Battle, about his experience in the judicial process as a political neophyte. Professor Ronald Collins […]

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Experts respond to “The New Soft Money”

Wednesday, as part of George Washington University’s Political Law Studies Initiative, a panel of campaign finance and election law experts met to discuss a new report by Ohio State University Law Professor Dan Tokaji and Graduate Research Fellow Renata Strause titled, “The New Soft Money.” CCP Research Fellow Scott Blackburn analyzed the report’s findings yesterday […]

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National Review: What Money Can’t Buy: Elections (In the News)

By Luke Wachob In reality, campaign-finance restrictions are closer to being the epitome of corruption than its antithesis. The crony capitalists here are not citizens with the gall to donate up to $2,600 per election to the candidate of their choice, but the incumbent politicians and entrenched political interests crafting legislation — and now constitutional amendments — to limit […]

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Daily Media Links 6/19: What Money Can’t Buy: Elections, The High Price of Obama Fatigue, and more…

In the News National Review: What Money Can’t Buy: Elections By Luke Wachob In reality, campaign-finance restrictions are closer to being the epitome of corruption than its antithesis. The crony capitalists here are not citizens with the gall to donate up to $2,600 per election to the candidate of their choice, but the incumbent politicians and entrenched political interests […]

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Wall Street Journal: The High Price of Obama Fatigue (In the News)

Editorial On Jan. 27, 2010, Mr. Obama used his State of the Union speech to explicitly criticize the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, seated in front of him, for their campaign-finance ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. The forces Mr. Obama put in motion with this attack were described in a seminal piece for this newspaper by former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith—”Connecting theDots in the IRS Scandal.” Through 2012, a succession of Democratic senators urged the IRS to investigate 501(c)(4) […]

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Wall Street Journal: About Those Missing Emails (In the News)

By Kimberley Strassel Or consider the extraordinary interaction between congressional Democrats and the IRS. Some of it was in a recent complaint filed to the Senate Ethics Committee by the Center for Competitive Politics against nine Democratic senators. It details their many letters and statements (that we know of) demanding the IRS shut down specific organizations that posed […]

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“New Soft Money,” Same Old Arguments

On Wednesday morning, Law Professor Daniel Tokaji and Graduate Research Fellow Renata Strause, both of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, unveiled their provocatively titled report, “The New Soft Money.” The report, according to its authors, is “the most comprehensive to date on the impact of independent spending” on elections and campaigns. Despite this […]

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