Eric Wang

USA Today: Liberals should thank Scalia for right to blast GOP on Supreme Court (In the News)

Eric Wang The Citizens United and Wisconsin Right to Life rulings made it possible for advocacy groups today to put the heat of public opinion on senators and presidential candidates to confirm or block Supreme Court nominees, and to push this as a campaign issue. Ironically, many of the same groups exercising their speech rights […]

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Washington Times: An alternative to nonstop political fundraising (In the News)

Eric Wang If Mr. Jolly is correct that members spend too much time fundraising because of the campaign finance laws, it is not for the reason he thinks. When the federal contribution limits were originally enacted in 1974, an individual could give $1,000 per election to a candidate, and a PAC could give $5,000 per […]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Don’t fear Wisconsin campaign finance fix (In the News)

Eric Wang The Brennan Center further objects that “limiting disclosure to groups that run ads explicitly asking viewers to vote for or against a candidate means that the vast majority of super PAC and other outside spending will stay in the shadows.” To the contrary, the legislation requires super PACs to “make full reports…of all […]

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The Hill: Members of Congress propose politicization of government contracts

Eric Wang During the New Deal era, agents of the Democratic administration coerced federal contractors benefiting from the government spending splurge to “purchase” political books at wildly inflated prices as a condition for continuing to receive lucrative government contracts. In response to this blatant shakedown, Congress amended the Hatch Act ethics law in 1940 to […]

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Washington Post: The FEC already has rules on independent campaign spending (In the News)

Eric Wang According to Ruth Marcus’s June 14 op-ed column, “The FEC’s cry for help,” a petition filed by two commissioners at the Federal Election Commission with their own agency is a plea for their colleagues to “actually perform their duty” and “to write rules to ensure ‘dark money’ disclosure and super-PAC independence.” As if […]

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The Hill: ’Fugees from the war on political speech (In the News)

By Eric Wang According to the complaint, the contributions by SPM Holdings violated a provision in the federal campaign finance laws prohibiting making “contributions in the name of another,” and should have been publicly attributed on FEC reports as having come from Pras. Lacking any specific information about the company’s corporate structure, the complaint nonetheless asserts that FEC regulations promulgated […]

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Washington Post: How a political opinion cost a D.C. activist $2,000 (In the News)

By Eric Wang Civic-minded citizens of the District: Think twice the next time you write a blog entry, post on Facebook or Twitter or attend a meeting or rally to support or oppose a ballot initiative. You could be required to register and report with the city or else pay a large fine. The Office of Campaign Finance (OCF) […]

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In the News: The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences

The Hill: Disclosure’s unintended consequences By Eric Wang And how might Ms. Paz’s tormenters have located her? While a simple Google search may not suffice, one need not resort to expensive database services or NSA surveillance. Rather, the Federal Election Commission’s campaign finance disclosure website reveals individuals’ addresses, occupations, and employers within seconds, including information […]

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