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2015 Proxy Season: The Relentless Targeting of Political Speech Continues

The 2015 proxy season is underway and all indications suggest that it will be another record-breaking year for the number of proposals targeting companies on their corporate political spending and lobbying activities. In 2014, political and lobbying disclosure comprised 22% of all shareholder proposals with 86 that went to a vote. Meanwhile, the Fortune 250 [...]

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Beyond Citizens United: The Future of Campaign Finance Jurisprudence

Matea Gold, The Washington Post (Interviewer) Bobby R. Burchfield, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP Richard H. Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law Allen Dickerson, Legal Director, Center for Competitive Politics

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Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years: Should Liberals Support Citizens United? (Video)

Stuart Taylor, Jr., Author, freelance writer, and Brookings Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow (Interviewer) Ira Glasser, former Executive Director, ACLU Wendy Kaminer, Author, lawyer, social critic, and contributing editor of The Atlantic Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor, ACLU

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Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years: The Story Behind the Lawsuit (Video)

David M. Drucker, Senior Congressional Correspondent, The Washington Examiner (Interviewer) Michael Boos, General Counsel, Citizens United

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Citizens United v. FEC after Five Years: The Impact on Parties in the Age of Citizens United: Are Changes Needed? (Video)

Peter Overby, NPR News (Interviewer) Joel Gora, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School Neil Reiff, Founding Partner, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C. Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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Bipartisan group of campaign finance experts urge FEC to improve forms

A bipartisan group of seven well-known campaign finance lawyers, including a bipartisan group of three former Federal Election Commission (FEC) chairmen, today petitioned the FEC to propose new rules providing for improved forms and instructions and to implement the Administrative Fines Program (AFP) law adopted last year. The petition notes that grassroots “or unsophisticated filers [...]

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The Lie that Just Won’t Die: Do Tax-Financed Campaigns Help Female Candidates?

Maine State Senator Ed Youngblood is a rare breed of Republican: one who supports tax-financed campaign programs. Because of that fact, he gets a lot of publicity from left-leaning organizations and publications that wish to advertise tax-financing schemes as nonpartisan “good government” initiatives rather than the failed, ideological experiments they are. In our experience, most [...]

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It’s Aliiive? President Obama to Revive Push for Contractor Disclosure?

The Daily Beast reports that at tonight’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will again criticize the Supreme Court’s decision in 2010’s Citizens United v. FEC on the eve of its fifth anniversary and propose a new version of a previously-abandoned draft Executive Order expanding disclosure requirements for companies holding government contracts. Back [...]

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Brad Smith’s Comments on Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to McCutcheon v. FEC

 January 15, 2015 Via Electronic Submission System Available for download at this link. Federal Election Commission Attn: Amy L. Rothstein, Assistant General Counsel 999 E Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20463 RE: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [REG 2014-01] On October 9, 2014, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to McCutcheon [...]

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A Response to Ken Vogel

This Wednesday, January 21st, CCP will be holding a conference on Citizens United v. FEC’s fifth anniversary. As we all know, Citizens United struck down bans on corporate and union political activity, and combined with the en banc D.C. Circuit’s unanimous opinion in SpeechNow.org v. FEC[1] just a few months later, allowed outside groups other [...]

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