New York Times: When Nonprofits Funnel Campaign Money (LTE) (In the News)

Luke Wachob Privacy and free speech reside at the core of the constitutional rights of Americans, and the Internal Revenue Service risks trampling on those rights when it goes outside its role as tax collector to regulate political activity. After years of investigations into I.R.S. treatment of Tea Party groups, and after meeting near-universal opposition […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS, Luke Wachob, Newsroom, Published Articles

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In the News New York Times: When Nonprofits Funnel Campaign Money (LTE) Luke Wachob Privacy and free speech reside at the core of the constitutional rights of Americans, and the Internal Revenue Service risks trampling on those rights when it goes outside its role as tax collector to regulate political activity. After years of investigations […]

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Wisconsin's "John Doe" Decision: More than "Reformers" Can Handle

Two weeks ago, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sent a shock wave through campaign finance watchers with its decision in Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson. The decision terminated Wisconsin’s controversial, long-running “John Doe” investigation into allegedly illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker and a large number of conservative organizations in the state, and set forth a […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Brennan Center, campaign finance, Campaign Legal Center, coordinated expenditure, Election Law Blog, Independent Expenditures, John Doe Investigation, Rick Hasen, Tara Malloy, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Politico: ‘Dark money’: ALEC wants image makeover (In the News)

Tarini Parti David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics took a more doom and gloom approach in his remarks. “The right of every American and the causes they believe in is under attack,” he told attendees. Keating added that nonprofits are being unfairly targeted because they represent only 5 percent of total political spending. […]

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In the News Politico: ‘Dark money’: ALEC wants image makeover Tarini Parti David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics took a more doom and gloom approach in his remarks. “The right of every American and the causes they believe in is under attack,” he told attendees. Keating added that nonprofits are being unfairly targeted […]

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In the dark about “dark money”

A short while back, on Professor Rick Hasen’s invaluable listserv, there was a spirited discussion about the meaning of “dark money” as used in political debate. On the one side were those arguing that “dark money” was an almost infinitely malleable term used to obscure serious issues and deter meaningful debate, and on the other […]

Filed Under: Blog, Brennan Center, Center for Media and Democracy, Center for Responsive Politics, Dark Money, David keating, Politico, Rick Hasen, Tarini Parti, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Someone killed a lion. Want to see his political contribution history?

Last year, The Washington Post Editorial Board panned a smartphone app that sorts companies by how Democratic or Republican they are. The app, BuyPartisan, provides users who scan the barcodes of products on the shelf with information on the political contributions of PACs associated with a particular company as well as data on the political […]

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Wall Street Journal: Citizens United Loses Bid to Conceal Donors from New York Attorney General (In the News)

Jacob Gershman The ruling follows a similar decision handed down by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May. In that case, the Center for Competitive Politics sued the California attorney general over its donor disclosure policy. In a statement, Mr. Schneiderman said Monday’s ruling “reaffirms some of our most basic responsibilities in overseeing […]

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In the News Wall Street Journal: Citizens United Loses Bid to Conceal Donors from New York Attorney General Jacob Gershman The ruling follows a similar decision handed down by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May. In that case, the Center for Competitive Politics sued the California attorney general over its donor disclosure […]

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The Campaign Finance ‘Zombies’ Have Spoken. Their Answer? Reform. Again.

Crazy. Ravenous. Damnable. Taken together, this assortment of words would be best used to describe the undead or what are better known as ‘zombies.’ Recently, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) used this unsavory illustration to describe speech by entities organized in a corporate form. But while Polis sees undead threats around every aspect of campaign finance […]

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