Daily Media Links 7/3:Threats to democracy, real and imagined, Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push, and more…

In the News RNLA: Threats to democracy, real and imagined By Paul Jossey Plutocrats, these “reformers” counsel—unsatisfied with their already enormous wealth—are trying to “buy” America and “drown out” the voice of the little guy. Money buys “access” and “undue influence,” corrupting the system and threating the very foundation of democracy. Indeed so dire the threat, it can only […]

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Limiting “Coordination” Between Citizens Groups?

A Second Circuit Court panel ruled today against the plaintiffs in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell.  The court ruled: Although some courts have held that the creation of separate bank accounts is by itself sufficient to treat the entity as an independent‐expenditure‐only group, see, e.g.,Emily’s List v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 581 F.3d 1, 12 (D.C. […]

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Roll Call: Hobby Lobby Ruling Fuels Amendment Push (In the News)

By Eliza Newlin Carney “It’s going to take a comprehensive approach to campaign finance reform to make sure that elections are in the hands of people and not corporate voices,” said Tester spokeswoman Marnee Banks. Conservatives reject proposals to amend the Constitution out of hand, arguing that the Udall-Bennet measure is over-broad and would free Congress and […]

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RNLA: Threats to democracy, real and imagined (In the News)

By Paul Jossey Plutocrats, these “reformers” counsel—unsatisfied with their already enormous wealth—are trying to “buy” America and “drown out” the voice of the little guy. Money buys “access” and “undue influence,” corrupting the system and threating the very foundation of democracy. Indeed so dire the threat, it can only be remedied by overturning a key a portion of the Bill […]

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Daily Media Links 7/2: Judge Sets Hearing on Group’s Push to Investigate Lost IRS Emails, Americans are more interested in the IRS email scandal than the World Cup, and more…

IRS Wall Street Journal: Judge Sets Hearing on Group’s Push to Investigate Lost IRS Emails By John D. McKinnon A federal judge scheduled a hearing for next week on a grass-roots conservative group’s request to investigate missing emails at the Internal Revenue Service, as part of the group’s lawsuit against the agency. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ordered […]

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Disclosing Disclosure: Lessons from a “Failed” Field Experiment

In a 2013 issue of The Forum, John C. Fortier and Michael J. Malbin call for more research into the effects of disclosure requirements for campaign finance. In this paper, authors Dick M. Carpenter II, David M. Primo, Pavel Tendetnik, and Sandy Ho report the results of a field experiment designed to assess whether such rules dissuade […]

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Statesman Journal: Letter: Merkley tried to suppress voters' voices (In the News)

By J.E. Murray The letter urged the IRS to give special attention to applications from certain conservative organizations seeking non-profit tax status. This letter was dated February 2012, more than a year before complaints filed against the IRS in May 2013 for harassment of conservative organizations. The harassment took the form of IRS demands for special and […]

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Daily Media Links 7/1: Rand Paul Does Respect the Constitution, 17 lawyers argue over IRS suit, and more…

In the News National Review: Rand Paul Does Respect the Constitution By Bradley A. Smith It is true that the Supreme Court has held, in Richardson v. Ramirez, that states may disenfranchise felons. In recognition of that decision, and the principles of federalism, Senator Paul proposes only to set standards for federal elections — that is, Congress and the […]

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