Lawsuit challenges contribution limit law favoring incumbents

The Center for Competitive Politics today announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida couple saying that a law that often allows congressional incumbents to raise twice as much from donors to spend on their general election campaigns as compared to challengers is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Federal campaign finance [...]

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Holmes v. FEC: Litigation Background

The Issue in Brief Should an incumbent lawmaker be allowed to spend up to twice the money for the November election from a single contributor than his challenger can? It may seem outlandish, but thanks to a quirk in our federal campaign finance laws, such a mismatch is common. A federal lawsuit filed in a [...]

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The "Reform Community" discovers it has gone bald: The FEC, disclosure timelines, and Little Jerry Seinfeld

Bob Biersack took to the pages of The New York Times this week to bemoan what he termed a failure of the Federal Election Commission to fulfill “its basic obligation to save what’s left of our campaign finance laws” through timely publication of campaign finance reports required to be filed with the Commission. By timely, [...]

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What Investigation? (Video)

How hard has the Justice Department investigated the IRS targeting of conservative-leaning nonprofits? Hard enough to find out from the press that Lois Lerner’s (and other’s) emails were lost: It looks like other priorities, such as making sure that people who make fun of President Obama get investigated, got in the way of a thorough [...]

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What Sen. Schumer and Rep. Deutch Get Wrong About the Senate’s Constitutional Amendment Proposal

On Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Ted Deutch penned an opinion piece in Politico Magazine purporting to respond to criticisms of a Democratic effort to amend the Constitution to overturn Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United v. FEC. It, unfortunately, is riddled with obfuscations, straw man arguments, and factual inaccuracies. The entire article is [...]

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Amending the First Amendment: Absurd rhetoric and patent falsehoods (Video)

Patent falsehoods? Absurd rhetoric? These are hallmarks of those who are trying to convince Americans that we need to amend the First Amendment so that politicians can decide what limits they can impose on our right to associate and speak about politics. We’re not the ones claiming that this amendment is necessary to overturn a [...]

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Amending the First Amendment: Empowering politicians to ban books and movies (Video)

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Media Watch: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections? Hardly.

Every now and then its worth taking a step back and checking up on how stories are being reported about campaign finance. Yesterday, Eliza Newlin Carney wrote in an article for Roll Call (New FCC Disclosures Reveal Underground Election): A trove of new public records recently opened up by the Federal Communications Commission sheds light on [...]

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Money Still Doesn’t “Buy Elections”

Last Wednesday, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart wrote a noteworthy piece criticizing former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for his inane statements regarding former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Gingrich said that he, “[had] every problem with Mayor Bloomberg being able to buy the election in New York” – a claim that [...]

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Limiting “Coordination” Between Citizens Groups?

A Second Circuit Court panel ruled today against the plaintiffs in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell.  The court ruled: Although some courts have held that the creation of separate bank accounts is by itself sufficient to treat the entity as an independent‐expenditure‐only group, see, e.g.,Emily’s List v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 581 F.3d 1, 12 (D.C. [...]

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