Daily Media Links 4/29: Crains New York: Unions nixed election-reform deal, Cuomo says, WSJ: Tom Steyer’s Glass House, Free Beacon: It’s Been a Bad Month for Democratic Donors, and more…

In the News More Soft Money Hard Law: A Few Words on “Hypocrites” and “Zealots” By Bob Bauer A lot of the yelling and screaming heard about McCutcheon has recently migrated into the debate about disclosure. Charles Krauthammer has complained that the zealots have ruined disclosure as a policy option by misusing donor information to launch attacks on them. And Brad […]

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In the News: Charitable Planning: Charity Seeks to Block California AG's Demand for Donor Information

The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) filed the action in the federal district court for the Eastern District of California in March. Its motion for a preliminary injunction was heard last Thursday, April 17, but no ruling has yet issued. The AG demanded the donor information based on her reading of a CA statute that requires any charitable organizations soliciting contributions in the state to file financial reports with the […]

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Daily Media Links 4/28: Wall Street Journal: House to Vote in May on Holding IRS Official Lois Lerner in Contempt, AP: Democratic candidates trade jabs on outside money, New York –– NY Times: Prosecutors Deny Targeting D’Souza on Use of Straw Donors, and more…

In the News San Antonio Express-News: End Texas waiting period on free speech By Anne Marie Mackin There can be spirited debate about the protective reach of either the First or Second Amendment, but Texans famously recognize the importance of both. What’s odd — given our state’s respect for the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms — […]

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In the News: Vice: Ohio Bans Campaign Lies, but the Supreme Court Might Soon Change That

By Thor Benson Brad Smith, who founded the Center for Competitive Politics, agrees. His organization bills itself as “the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights.”   Smith told VICE News that Ohio’s ban “very clearly has a chilling effect on people speaking.” He also believes that the method of determining […]

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In the News: News Journal: State to appeal ruling on political secrecy

By Allen Dickerson The voter guide at issue in the lawsuit is a nonpartisan voter guide that does not promote any candidates. It simply provides information on how each candidate stands on a variety of issues. The core of the lawsuit asks whether a group that publishes voter guides that do not promote candidates can […]

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Daily Media Links 4/25: NY Times: Judge Rejects New York Limit on Donations to ‘Super PACs’, Reuters: In defense of political lying, Politico: The left’s secret club plans for 2014, 2016, and more…

In the News News Journal: State to appeal ruling on political secrecy By Allen Dickerson The voter guide at issue in the lawsuit is a nonpartisan voter guide that does not promote any candidates. It simply provides information on how each candidate stands on a variety of issues. The core of the lawsuit asks whether a […]

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In the News: Adler & Colvin: Top 25 Comments on IRS Proposed Political Activity Rules: #13 — Center for Competitive Politics

By Martha Lackritz The Center for Competitive Politics submitted thorough comments that address multiple constitutional concerns, and include their very own proposed rules for consideration by the IRS.  CCP’s rules outline clear-cut expenditure limits for 501(c)(4)s, providing that non-social welfare activities (including candidate, social club, or business activities) must not “equal or exceed 50% of total program service expenses.” CCP’s guiding […]

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In the News: Reason Foundation: Minority Television Project, Inc. v. Federal Communication Commission and United States of America

Nowhere is this conflict more dangerous than when the content-based restriction prohibits public discourse including, but not limited to, speech regarding political candidates and matters of public interest, because “public discussion is a political duty.” Despite Red Lion, under recent precedent, the greater deference afforded to broadcast content-based regulations does not apply when political or public issue speech is at […]

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Daily Media Links 4/24: CPI: FEC sends senators erroneous warnings, National Journal: Are Democrats Repeating Their Post-Citizens United Mistake?, Huffington Post: There Is One Campaign Finance Regulation That Rand Paul Supports, and more…

In the News Adler & Colvin: Top 25 Comments on IRS Proposed Political Activity Rules: #13 — Center for Competitive Politics By Martha Lackritz The Center for Competitive Politics submitted thorough comments that address multiple constitutional concerns, and include their very own proposed rules for consideration by the IRS.  CCP’s rules outline clear-cut expenditure limits for 501(c)(4)s, providing that […]

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In the News: Nonprofit Law Prof Blog: Nonprofits Challenge Donor Disclosures Required by California AG, IRS, and FEC

By Lloyd Mayer A tax-exempt nonprofit that solicit contributions in California is challenging a demand from the California Attorney General’s office that they provide unredacted copies of their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists major donors.  As most readers of this blog likely know, while Schedule B is submitted to the IRS the IRS […]

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