Amending the First Amendment: Absurd rhetoric and patent falsehoods (Video)

Patent falsehoods? Absurd rhetoric? These are hallmarks of those who are trying to convince Americans that we need to amend the First Amendment so that politicians can decide what limits they can impose on our right to associate and speak about politics. We’re not the ones claiming that this amendment is necessary to overturn a [...]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Amending the Constitution, Blog, Featured Content

Amending the First Amendment: Empowering politicians to ban books and movies (Video)

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Media Watch: Undisclosed? Off-the-Radar? Underground Elections? Hardly.

Every now and then its worth taking a step back and checking up on how stories are being reported about campaign finance. Yesterday, Eliza Newlin Carney wrote in an article for Roll Call (New FCC Disclosures Reveal Underground Election): A trove of new public records recently opened up by the Federal Communications Commission sheds light on [...]

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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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