Money Still Doesn’t “Buy Elections”

Last Wednesday, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart wrote a noteworthy piece criticizing former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for his inane statements regarding former New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Gingrich said that he, “[had] every problem with Mayor Bloomberg being able to buy the election in New York” – a claim that [...]

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Limiting “Coordination” Between Citizens Groups?

A Second Circuit Court panel ruled today against the plaintiffs in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrell.  The court ruled: Although some courts have held that the creation of separate bank accounts is by itself sufficient to treat the entity as an independent‐expenditure‐only group, see, e.g.,Emily’s List v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 581 F.3d 1, 12 (D.C. [...]

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IRS Scandal: Huffington Post Not Aware that People Communicated Before Email

Rep. Darrell Issa has issued a subpoena to the Federal Election Commission for all “communications sent or received from Lois G. Lerner” since January 1, 1986. A bit of overkill? Perhaps, although we can hardly blame the Congressman, given Lerner’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment, misleading statements by top IRS political appointees about what they [...]

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“Voxsplaining” the IRS Scandal

The enlightened ones at Vox deemed the IRS scandal worthy of their peculiar brand of explanation last week in a piece titled “The IRS scandal shows the IRS needs a bigger budget.” While its many flaws have been dissected elsewhere, and subsequent Vox coverage of the scandal has been equally sloppy, there’s one argument in [...]

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“McCutcheon v. FEC: Two Books on the Supreme Court’s Latest Campaign Finance Case” (Video)

On June 18, the Cato Institute hosted a book forum featuring several renowned figures in the campaign finance community. Shaun McCutcheon, the eponymous plaintiff in McCutcheon v. FEC, promoted his book, Outsider Inside the Supreme Court: A Decisive First Amendment Battle, about his experience in the judicial process as a political neophyte. Professor Ronald Collins [...]

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Experts respond to “The New Soft Money”

Wednesday, as part of George Washington University’s Political Law Studies Initiative, a panel of campaign finance and election law experts met to discuss a new report by Ohio State University Law Professor Dan Tokaji and Graduate Research Fellow Renata Strause titled, “The New Soft Money.” CCP Research Fellow Scott Blackburn analyzed the report’s findings yesterday [...]

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“New Soft Money,” Same Old Arguments

On Wednesday morning, Law Professor Daniel Tokaji and Graduate Research Fellow Renata Strause, both of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, unveiled their provocatively titled report, “The New Soft Money.” The report, according to its authors, is “the most comprehensive to date on the impact of independent spending” on elections and campaigns. Despite this [...]

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Reaction Round-Up: Lois Lerner’s “Lost” Emails

Investigators and onlookers of the IRS targeting scandal have long expected to find answers to their questions in the emails of Lois Lerner, former Director of the Service’s Exempt Organizations Division. Late Friday afternoon, the IRS announced that, due to a computer crash, it lost 2 years of Lerner’s emails to and from anyone outside [...]

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A Welcome Decision in SBA List v. Driehaus

By Allen Dickerson and Zac Morgan It may not be this Term’s flashiest political speech decision, but today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus is certainly a welcome ruling. While the case did not directly decide the constitutionality of Ohio’s “truth in politics” statute, it paves the way for a [...]

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The Corruption Sleight of Hand

Crooked politicians are often the poster boy for greater campaign finance regulation, used to justify every imaginable measure of government control over speech, from caps on donations to what words can appear in political advertising. In the eyes of many who wish to further regulate political speech, simply parading around corrupt officials is often enough [...]

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