Campaign Finance Regulations Increase the Influence of Super PACs

Bloomberg BNA recently covered a report highlighting a developing trend in campaign finance this election cycle. The report, by the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), shows a clear decrease in political fundraising for presidential candidates and parties in 2016, coupled with an increase in super PAC spending, compared with 2012. Total fundraising in support of Hillary […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits Federal, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, Issues, Money in Politics, Super PACs, 2016 Presidential Fundraising, Campaign Finance Institute, DNC, Political Parties, RNC

Warren and Whitehouse Deceive on Oil Industry Contributions

In their recent Washington Post op-ed, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) shower praise on the continuing efforts by Democratic attorneys general to criminalize speech they disagree with by investigating Exxon’s alleged climate change skepticism. But the main subject of the Senators’ ire was Congressional Republicans’ attempt to fight back against this egregious […]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits Press Release/In the News/Blog, climate change, Elizabeth Warren, ExxonMobil, James Inhofe, Lamar Smith, sheldon whitehouse, Oklahoma, Texas

Democratic AGs Double Down on Criminalizing Opposing Views

Last week, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) penned an op-ed in The Washington Post about the investigations of ExxonMobil by several state attorneys general. The Senators lauded efforts to accuse the oil company of fraud for allegedly advancing skepticism about the impacts of its products on climate change. Despite downplaying these moves […]

Filed Under: Blog, American Legislative Exchange Council, climate change, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Schneiderman, ExxonMobil, sheldon whitehouse, U.S. Virgin Islands, Massachusetts, New York

Renewed IRS Scrutiny Reminds Us Free Speech is Still Vulnerable to Federal Encroachment

The IRS scandal has been a major point of conservative criticism during the last several years of the Obama Administration. When the tax-collecting agency specifically targeted groups whose descriptions included keywords and phrases such as “Tea Party,” “patriot,” and “teaching about the Constitution” for extra scrutiny in their applications for tax-exempt status, many said it […]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party, David B. Sentelle, Federal Communications Commission, Lois Lerner, Securities and Exchange Commission

On First Amendment Issues, 2016 Party Platforms Differ Greatly from Each Other, But also from 2012

The Democratic and Republican National Conventions have ended, and attention has shifted to the general election season ahead. Yet the parties’ respective platforms endure as a landmark of where they (or at least their most active supporters) stand on the issues at this particular moment in time. It is no surprise that political speech rights […]

Filed Under: Blog, Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC, Democratic National Convention, Democratic Party Platform, DNC, Republican National Convention, Republican Party Platform, RNC, WRTL v. FEC

Surprise, Surprise: Partisan Grandstanding from FEC Commissioners Has Hurt the Agency’s Morale

The Federal Election Commission’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a July 2016 study on the root causes of its infamously low employee morale. After receiving survey responses from 185 out of the Commission’s roughly 338 employees, the Office found that a chief cause of low morale at the agency is the conduct of […]

Filed Under: Blog, Ann Ravel, ellen weintraub, federal election commission, Fox News, Lee Goodman, Matthew Petersen, Mike Huckabee, Office of Inspector General, richard nixon, YouTube