What’s the Value of “Outside Speech” Anyway?

Far outside the boundaries of the continental United States, Alaska’s stringent campaign finance regulations go a step further in distinguishing The Last Frontier from its counterparts. One such regulation that is particularly contentious is an aggregate limit on contributions from non-residents to Alaska candidates, groups, and political parties. Say there is an individual, Betty, who […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Contribution Limits State, Issues, McCutcheon v. FEC, Money in Politics, State, State Press Releases and Blogs, aggregate limits, Bluman v. FEC, First-Come First-Served Limits, Out-of-State Donors, Thompson v. Hebdon, Alaska

When Gridlock is Good

In recent months, a handful of members on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives have proposed legislation to change the structure of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) under the guise of reform. On August 1, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly announced companion legislation in the Senate that would revamp the FEC, which […]

Filed Under: Blog, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, Enforcement, FEC, federal election commission, Joe Donnelly

The Hill: On voter privacy, we’ve taken one step forward and two steps back (In the News)

By Alex Cordell 
The recent controversy over a White House commission request for voter data shows many state officials support protecting the privacy of this information. However, too many states also favor new ways to violate the privacy of supporters of charities, advocacy groups, and trade associations by requiring these groups to reveal information about the names, home addresses, employers, and donation amounts of their members…
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she would “never release the personally identifiable information of New Mexico voters” and claimed she would continue “protecting the voting rights and personal privacy of our voters.”…
In New Mexico, Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver has proposed a new rule invading the privacy of supporters of groups, including charities. She wants to publicly reveal the names and home addresses of supporters of such groups for merely mentioning candidates or even publishing nonpartisan information…
It is encouraging that so many states are asserting the need to protect voter privacy from government overreach. However, we should not forget that individual privacy rights are violated every day by overreaching, poorly-written campaign finance laws. 

Filed Under: Alex Cordell, In the News, Published Articles

Mainstream Media Baffled by National Interest in Georgia Special Election

Following the Senate’s confirmation of former Representative Tom Price as the Secretary of Health and Human Services in early February 2017, all eyes have been on Georgia’s 6th congressional district. After Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly failed to meet the 50%-plus-one vote threshold, which would have given him the seat outright, a runoff with Republican nominee […]

Filed Under: Blog, Issues, Media Watch, Money in Politics, Georgia Sixth Congressional District, Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel, Media, Out-of-State Donors, Political Spending, Georgia