No, Commissioner Weintraub, the FEC Can’t Circumvent Citizens United

In an opinion piece published yesterday in The New York Times, Ellen Weintraub, a member of the Federal Election Commission, suggests a way to “blunt the impact” of Citizens United v. FEC. There are reasons to question the propriety of a federal officer attempting to “blunt” a First Amendment ruling against her agency, and I […]

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Financial Advisor: SEC Scrutinizing Finra Pay-To-Play Proposal (In the News)

Dan Jamieson Facing freedom-of-speech issues, the SEC is taking a closer look at a pay-to-play proposal from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that would regulate political contributions… Pay-to-play rules are designed to prevent fraud in the awarding of state pension contracts. They can cover a broad array of advisors, including retail reps who may work […]

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Daily Media Links 3/31: For Some SuperPACs Backing Ted Cruz, It’s Time To Unite Against Trump, McCain-Linked Nonprofit Received $1 Million From Saudi Arabia, and more…

In the News Financial Advisor: SEC Scrutinizing Finra Pay-To-Play Proposal Dan Jamieson Facing freedom-of-speech issues, the SEC is taking a closer look at a pay-to-play proposal from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that would regulate political contributions… Pay-to-play rules are designed to prevent fraud in the awarding of state pension contracts. They can cover a […]

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Petition for Writ of Certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court in DSF v. Denn

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Free Speech Under Fire: The Future of the First Amendment – Money and Speech (In the News)

Brooklyn Law School A discussion featuring Professor Bradley Smith, Professor Richard Hasen, Professor Sabeel Rahman and Dean Nicholas Allard, moderated by Professor Joel Gora Watch…

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Daily Media Links 3/30: Taking On Citizens United, IRS Needs to Further Improve Controls over Financial and Taxpayer Data, and more…

In the News Free Speech Under Fire: The Future of the First Amendment – Money and Speech Brooklyn Law School A discussion featuring Professor Bradley Smith, Professor Richard Hasen, Professor Sabeel Rahman and Dean Nicholas Allard, moderated by Professor Joel Gora Watch… Citizens United New York Times: Taking On Citizens United Ellen L. Weintraub You […]

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Daily Media Links 3/29: The IRS scandal continues, Super-PAC promoting Carson for VP shuts down after torrent of criticism, and more…

CCP Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Rhode Island Senate Bill 2369 Matt Nese This legislation exacerbates significant issues within existing law and turns Rhode Island’s long and storied history of direct democracy and citizen advocacy on its head. Far from promoting these values, this bill and the existing statute actively discourage citizen groups and […]

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Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Rhode Island Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws

The Honorable Michael J. McCaffrey The Honorable Paul V. Jabour Re:  Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 2369, to amend Section 17-25-7 of the General Laws Dear Chairperson McCaffrey, Vice Chairperson Jabour, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics,[1] I respectfully submit the following comments […]

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Daily Media Links 3/28: Marco Rubio’s secret (money) legacy, After Citizens United Got Halfway There, This Lawsuit Aims To Finish The Job, and more…

Independent Groups Politico: Marco Rubio’s secret (money) legacy Shane Goldmacher Marco Rubio’s campaign is dead. His secret-money legacy lives on. Nobody knows who funded the nonprofit group that spent more than $10 million on TV ads boosting Rubio, and untold more on mailers and research. And, unless those donors out themselves, nobody ever will. No […]

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Daily Media Links 3/25: Why the campaign to pressure Republicans to confirm Merrick Garland is failing, American politics has reached peak polarization, and more…

In the News CPI: Sanders, Clinton want campaign finance overhaul, but face huge obstacles Carrie Levine David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonpartisan group that describes its mission as promoting First Amendment rights, said the proposals laid out by Clinton and Sanders “are all bad ideas.” Keating said having agencies like […]

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