Daily Media Links 3/24: ABA testifies on ‘well-qualified’ rating of Judge Gorsuch: ‘Our task was to cast a wide net,’ Trying to smear Neil Gorsuch over dark money, Democrats solicit testimony from dark money group, and more…

Supreme Court                                       ABA Journal: ABA testifies on ‘well-qualified’ rating of Judge Gorsuch: ‘Our task was to cast a wide net’ By Lee Rawles After an exhaustive review that produced a report with more than 900 pages, Judge Neil Gorsuch unanimously earned the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary’s highest rating, of “well-qualified,” […]

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Daily Media Links 3/23: Neil Gorsuch sails through Supreme Court confirmation hearing, Media And Legal Observers Heap Praise On Gorsuch, and more…

CCP                                        Senator Klobuchar on Campaign Finance: An Admission Against Interest? By Brad Smith Judge Gorsuch’s one opinion dealing with campaign finance is a concurring opinion in a case called Riddle v. Hickenlooper. (CCP’s analysis of Gorsuch’s concurrence and the case itself is here.)… Gorsuch’s Democratic inquisitors have been attacking this opinion, suggesting […]

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Hasen on Gorsuch on Citizens United

Rick Hasen thinks that Judge Gorsuch “misstates” the holding of Citizens United v. FEC in his Senate testimony, when he states: I think there is ample room for this body to legislate, even in light of Citizens United, whether it has to do with contribution limits, whether it has to with expenditure limits, or whether it has […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Buckley v. Valeo, Derek Muller, Gorsuch, Neil Gorsuch, Rick Hasen, Supreme Court

Senator Klobuchar on Campaign Finance: An Admission Against Interest?

As most any law student can tell you, “strict scrutiny” is the toughest standard of judicial review in federal court. Normally, it applies whenever the government seeks to place limits on the exercise of a “fundamental right.” To survive “strict scrutiny,” a law must address a “compelling” government interest, and be “narrowly tailored” to address […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amy Klobuchar, Federal Election Campaign Act, First Amendment, Gorsuch, Hobby Lobby, Neil Gorsuch, Riddle v. Hickenlooper, strict scrutiny, Supreme Court, Colorado

Daily Media Links 3/22: Watch Sen. Whitehouse Grill Gorsuch About Dark Money, Corporate Power, and Citizens United, Will Gorsuch Break With Scalia, Providing 2d (or 3d) Vote To Allow Flood of Undisclosed Money in Elections?, and more…

CCP                                        Gorsuch’s Only Campaign Finance Case A Unanimous Decision Written by Obama Appointee The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record on campaign finance laws: “There is only one campaign finance ruling by Judge Neil Gorsuch. He agreed with a unanimous opinion written by a […]

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“Clean Elections” May Provide Taxpayer Funding for Anti-Semitism

Does using taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund speech they fundamentally disagree with reduce corruption in government? This may seem like a preposterous question, but according to supporters of tax-financed campaigns, the answer is yes. Presently, one candidate in New York City is providing a clear example of what exactly can go wrong when you start […]

Filed Under: Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns Press Release/In the News/Blog, Tax Financed Campaigns State, Tax-Financing, New York City, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, New York

Gorsuch’s Only Campaign Finance Case A Unanimous Decision Written by Obama Appointee

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released the following statement about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record on campaign finance laws: “There is only one campaign finance ruling by Judge Neil Gorsuch. He agreed with a unanimous opinion written by a judge appointed by Barack Obama,” said CCP President David Keating. “The law allowed […]

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NPR: Trump’s White House Counsel Don McGahn Has Combative Record (In the News)

By Peter Overby
Peter Overby, Byline: Don McGahn was the lawyer for Trump’s presidential campaign committee. Like his boss, he takes a dim view of too much regulation. And like his boss, he isn’t shy about saying so. Consider this moment back in 2011, when McGahn was at the Federal Election Commission. He was arguing with another commissioner over the role of super PACs. Listen closely here.
(soundbite of archived recording)
Don McGahn: You don’t get to take matters in your own hands and take the book and just rip out the coordination rules, you know? And now my book’s complete because we don’t have the rules in there anymore.
Overby: And he tossed the ripped-out pages in the air. Brad Smith, head of the conservative Center for Competitive Politics, says McGahn worked hard to rein in FEC lawyers that he saw as overzealous.
Brad Smith: The vituperation he sometimes receives I think reflects the fact that he was very effective at, you know, what he sought to do, which was keeping the FEC within its constitutional and statutory role.

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Charleston Gazette-Mail: WV Senate Judiciary Committee eyes raising campaign funding limits (In the News)

By Jake Zuckerman
The committee reviewed Senate Bill 539, a lengthy measure that revises election finance laws down to the smallest nuts and bolts.
Counsel for the committee, Jennifer Greenlief, said the main things the bill does include increasing campaign contribution limits, increasing use of campaign funds and increasing allowances of individual expenditures…
The bill also raises the dollar amount that triggers donors’ disclosure of affiliations…
The committee heard testimony from several speakers. Speaking in favor of the bill, Deputy Secretary of State Steve Connolly said he and his department support the bill, saying it gives candidates more control over their campaigns and decreases their reliance on nondisclosed, outside money.
Also pushing the bill, Allen Dickerson, legal director of the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia group that advocates for the deregulation of campaign finance law, said the measure would bring the state up to federal guidelines.
During his testimony, he said he was invited by state Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, when asked.

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Daily Media Links 3/21: The Future of Corporate Political Spending, Liberal groups increase pressure over Gorsuch nomination, and more…

In the News                                       Charleston Gazette-Mail: WV Senate Judiciary Committee eyes raising campaign funding limits By Jake Zuckerman The committee reviewed Senate Bill 539, a lengthy measure that revises election finance laws down to the smallest nuts and bolts. Counsel for the committee, Jennifer Greenlief, said the main things the bill does include increasing […]

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