Daily Media Links 4/21: On Party Line Vote, FEC Rejects Continued Exemption from Disclosure for Socialist Workers Party, Privacy as a Philanthropic Pillar, and more…

Disclosure Election Law Blog: On Party Line Vote, FEC Rejects Continued Exemption from Disclosure for Socialist Workers Party By Rick Hasen The Supreme Court has long recognized that a group facing a realistic threat of harassment for revealing its donors or vendors has a First Amendment right to exemption from generally applicable campaign finance laws. […]

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Philanthropy Magazine: The Legal and Political Landscape of Donor Privacy (In the News)

By Sean Parnell
A 2014 lawsuit challenging the California attorney general’s demands, filed by the Center for Competitive Politics, argued that mandatory donor disclosure violates the First Amendment. Several additional 501c3 nonprofit organizations, including The Philanthropy Roundtable, filed amicus briefs in support of CCP’s petition…
Unfortunately, the way campaign finance laws are written they often encompass speech by charities related to issues, not candidates or elections. This is exactly what happened to the Independence Institute, a Colorado-based think tank organized under section 501c3 of the federal tax code and thus prohibited from intervening in elections. In 2014 it wanted to pay for radio advertisements encouraging Coloradoans to contact their two U.S. senators and urge them to support criminal-justice reforms, something well within the scope of proper activity for a charity.
But because one of the state’s two senators was running for re-election at the time, the Independence Institute would have been forced to reveal its major donors if it had run the ads within 60 days of the election. It decided not to run the ads and sued to challenge the application of campaign finance law to organizations that cannot legally engage in election campaigns.

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Daily Media Links 4/20: FEC Mulls How Much Harassment Is Enough for Disclosure Exemption, Advocacy Groups Challenge Ethics Laws, and more…

In the News                                            Philanthropy Magazine: The Legal and Political Landscape of Donor Privacy By Sean Parnell A 2014 lawsuit challenging the California attorney general’s demands, filed by the Center for Competitive Politics, argued that mandatory donor disclosure violates the First Amendment. Several additional 501c3 nonprofit organizations, including The Philanthropy Roundtable, filed amicus briefs […]

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Out-of-State Spending Was High in Georgia Special Election, and That’s OK

The outsized attention being paid to a few special elections means an early opportunity for the politically active to create favorable momentum going into the 2018 midterms. Consequently, it also means the return of the perennially favorite election narrative: “shady, out-of-state money is drowning out local voters!” That’s the overarching message of an article from […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Jon Ossoff, Out-of-State Spending, Sixth Congressional District, Georgia

Five Lessons about Spending in the 2016 Campaign You Might Have Missed

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) recently released their final tally of spending in the 2016 election cycle. Here are 5 takeaways: Despite hyperbolic predictions, “dark money” was nearly non-existent in 2016. As CCP has long explained, the amount of political spending by nonprofit groups that aren’t required to report the private information of their […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, 2016 Election Cycle, Center for Responsive Politics, Dark Money, Lowest Union Rate, OpenSecrets, The Media

Philanthropy Magazine: President’s Note (In the News)

Philanthropy Magazine: President’s Note By Adam Meyerson If you are involved with a foundation, donor-advised fund, or other form of charitable giving, our mission at the Roundtable and our legislative arm the Alliance for Charitable Reform is to protect your freedom… The Philanthropy Roundtable is also committed to protecting your right as an individual to […]

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Daily Media Links 4/19: Vulnerable Senate Democrats see fundraising surge ahead of tough midterms, Trump Raised $107 Million for Inauguration, Doubling Record, and more…

In the News                                            Philanthropy Magazine: President’s Note By Adam Meyerson If you are involved with a foundation, donor-advised fund, or other form of charitable giving, our mission at the Roundtable and our legislative arm the Alliance for Charitable Reform is to protect your freedom… The Philanthropy Roundtable is also committed to protecting your […]

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Daily Media Links 4/18: Georgia special election: one local penny for every $10 in national cash, Gov. Eric Greitens’ reliance on ‘dark money’ drawing greater scrutiny from lawmakers, and more…

Free Speech                                           Reno Public Radio: Free Speech Lawyer: “There’s Nothing Wrong With Having Something To Hide” By Noah Glick Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick spoke with David Greene, one of the event’s panelists and the Civil Liberties Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation… There’s still of lot of classic cases of civil lawsuits […]

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Daily Media Links 4/17: Pro-Trump group launches a $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies, ‘Gyrocopter Guy’ Still Has a Message to Deliver, and more…

CCP                                                          Alt-Twitter and the Battle for Anonymous Political Speech By Scott Blackburn Using government power to effectively silence your critics has a long tradition in American politics. The DHS summons to Twitter was effectively equivalent to any state campaign finance board demanding the donors to a nonprofit group that angered some local politician. […]

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“Drain the Swamp” and Competing Conceptions of Corruption

Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) is a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and the latest conservative to come out with a book criticizing the sausage-making in Washington, D.C. In 2013, it was Peter Schweizer with Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets. In 2015, it was Jay Cost’s A […]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, corruption, Drain the Swamp, Heritage Foundation, Ken Buck