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Lawmakers contemplate ‘millionaire’s amendment’ for presidential campaigns

The Hill reported this morning that some legislators are considering adding a "millionaire’s amendment" for presidential campaigns.

The Campaign Legal Center suggests that if the version of the "millionaire’s amendment" used in congressional campaigns was adopted for presidential campaigns, then contribution levels could increase from $2,300 to $13,800.

Of course this begs the question, repeatedly asked by CCP: How are increased contribution limits squared with the idea that large contributions ‘corrupt’ politicians – the Constitutional basis for the limitations on contributions?

Another difficult question is raised by the "conciliation agreement" reached between the FEC and Daniel Hynes.

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Vitter’s Cat (not his alleged Cathouse)

According to the quandary known as Schroedinger’s Cat, the cat is neither alive nor dead until it is observed, and when observed is thought to be half-alive and half-dead simultaneously.

In a recent enforcement action we can observe the FEC in quandaries of its own: confusion over the importance of "observer effect" and over the dividing line between public polling and political advertising.  Call the quandary "Vitter’s Cat." 

Click on the headline to understand why the quandary is unnecessary, and how the FEC’s ruling would foul-up a candidate’s internal numbers.

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So Complicated, Even the Lawyers Don’t Get It

How complicated is federal campaign finance law?  Well, suffice to say that many of the lawbreakers are the same lawmakers who put the law in place.  Even lawyers can’t keep up.  Take, for instance, Kentucky’s top lawyer, Greg Stumbo.  Click the headline for more.

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527s and “The Law”

The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus is after so-called "527" organizations today, noting activity by a 527 called Democracy Still Works. Staffed by Massachusetts Democratic strategists and created on September 28, it immediately set out printing glossy flyers attacking Republican congressional candidate Jim Ongonowski, who was in the midst of a surprisingly vigorous challenge to capture a seat for the GOP in the special election to replace Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan (D-Mass.). 

This story provides a good opportunity to review what McCain-Feingold did and did not do vis a vis independent 527 organizations, a needed review in light of a longstanding disinformation campaign by regulatory advocates such as Fred ("Democracy 21") Wertheimer and the Campaign Legal Center.  Click the link for more.

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CCP in Politico

CCP chairman Bradley Smith penned a column about campaign finance regulation that is published in today’s Politico.

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The variable definition of “special interest”

Michael Dobbs, the Washington Post "Fact Checker", recently received significant flak from readers in response to his blog post asking whether John Edwards and Barack Obama are guilty of hypocrisy in their fundraising practices.

Readers disliked being lumped in with other "special interests" and took exception to the "practice of ‘guilt by association.’"

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“Von Spakovsky Deserves Senate Confirmation”

Roll Call published an op-ed today written by CCP chairman Bradley Smith regarding Hans von Spakovsky’s nomination to the FEC.

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“Campaign Reformers, Drunk on Power”

The Chicago Tribune published today a commentary by Steve Chapman about the recent effort by some U.S. Senators to dismantle the First Amendment.

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“Fairness is foul”

John Fund wrote a column for today’s Wall Street Journal that details the battle over permanently banning the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."

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Senate Battle Over FEC Nominee May Hamper Agency’s Ability to Act

CCP chairman Bradley Smith is featured prominently in a Washington Post article today detailing the Senate stalemate in confirming nominees to the Federal Election Commission.

In the article, Smith observes that the FEC will be immobilized if no action is taken before the Senate recess.

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