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The value of an endorsement

Former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson has pled guilty to falsifying campaign finance reports. Apparently, in 2008 an operative of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, Dmitri Kasari, offered Sorenson $8000 a month to switch his support from Michelle Bachmann to Rep. Paul. The payments were reported through other vendors. Sorenson was eventually paid at least $73,000. [...]

Filed Under: Blog, campaign finance reform, Dmitri Kasari, Kent Sorenson, Michelle Bachmann

15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part II)

Vox.com’s “40 charts that explain money in politics” fails miserably at, well, explaining money in politics. The charts seem to be less an explanation and more unproven innuendo about why money is supposedly ruining American democracy. What the collection of charts does do, however, is provide a window into some of the common misconceptions about [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, corruption, Disclosure, Good Governance, Vox

15 Things Vox Forgot to Mention about “Money in Politics” (Part I)

Vox.com’s “40 charts that explain money in politics” fails miserably at, well, explaining money in politics. The charts seem to be less an explanation and more unproven innuendo about why money is supposedly ruining American democracy. What the collection of charts does do, however, is provide a window into some of the common misconceptions about [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics

Calling Campaign Legal Center: Incorruptible Oregon refuses to get with the program

A couple weeks ago, the Campaign Legal Center’s lobbyist, Meredith McGehee, took the pages of The Hill to excoriate Virginia for not passing more campaign finance restrictions. Because Virginia has “few restrictions on money in campaigns,” the ethics and bribery trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell, she assured her readers, was pretty much a foregone conclusion. [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Contribution Limits, Campaign Legal Center, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, City University Hong Kong, Contribution limits, corruption, Indiana University, Meredith McGehee, Oregon, Blog (Contribution Limits), Oregon, Utah

Media Watch: WaPo Turning a New Leaf on Disclosure?

In the debate over campaign finance disclosure laws, it’s no mystery what side The Washington Post is on. Editorials like these consistently advocate expanding burdensome disclosure requirements to even more groups and even more forms of spending than what the law already extensively requires. In the Post’s view, the need for more compulsory disclosure is [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Disclosure, Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Media Watch

Public Campaign’s Obfuscation about Tax-Financed Polarization

Proponents of tax-financed campaigns, sometimes euphemistically referred to as “clean elections” or “fair elections,” have spent years arguing that these programs will lead to policy outcomes that better reflect the views of the average voter (as subjective as that determination may be). But as Arizona trends towards more conservative politics under the state’s Citizens Clean [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Arizona

Video Roundup: IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again (Video)

On July 30th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled, “IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again.” The hearing, which looked into ways reforms could help prevent future IRS targeting of people and organizations based on their political beliefs, features Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating, super-lawyer Cleta [...]

Filed Under: Blog, Federal, Federal Press Releases and Blogs, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

Is the IRS Investigation Worth the Cost?

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing, on Wednesday, titled, “IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again.”  The hearing covered many potentially useful proposals to prevent future political targeting by the IRS – from placing a time limit on the IRS’s review process for tax-exempt organizations to reforming civil service laws [...]

Filed Under: Blog, IRS, IRS and the Tea Party

Hearing: IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again (Event)

On July 30th, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a hearing titled, “IRS Abuses: Ensuring that Targeting Never Happens Again.”  The hearing, which will look into the ways reforms will help prevent future IRS targeting of people and organizations based on their political beliefs, features Center for Competitive Politics President David [...]

Filed Under: Blog

Reason: Remy: What are the Chances? (An IRS Love Song)

Remy weighs the odds of finding true love and, like a well-timed IRS hard drive failure, finds a higher power at work. 

Filed Under: Blog, IRS and the Tea Party