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Daily Media Links 7/25: Four House Committees to Vote on Trump Controversies, Lawmaker Facing Scrutiny Over Campaign-Finance Funds Quits, and more…

In the News Talk Media News: $18 million election law fine is egregious By Edward Zuckerman The Center for Competitive Politics said in a friend-of-the-court brief that imposing an $18 million fine for failure to meet a registration requirement of Washington State’s election law is barred by the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against “excessive fines.” CCP […]

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Daily Media Links 7/24: Udall, Heinrich Cosponsor DISCLOSE Act To Protect American Elections From Foreign Interference, Campaign finance reporting changes prove controversial, and more…

In the News Knoxville News Sentinel: Do we still believe in free speech? Only until we disagree By Anders Gyllenhaal After a century of building free speech rights into our laws and culture, Americans are backing away from one of the country’s defining principles. Set off by the nation’s increasingly short fuse, students, politicians, teachers […]

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Daily Media Links 7/21: Postal Service broke law in pushing time off for workers to campaign for Clinton, investigation finds, Lobbyist Gift-Giving at Issue in More States, and more…

In the News The Hill: On voter privacy, we’ve taken one step forward and two steps back By Alex Cordell The recent controversy over a White House commission request for voter data shows many state officials support protecting the privacy of this information. However, too many states also favor new ways to violate the privacy […]

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Daily Media Links 7/20: Whitehouse Introducing New Campaign Finance Bill, FEC Contacts With IRS Broke No Rules, Report Says, and more…

In the News St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Court: Activist’s fight with ethics panel not over By Kurt Erickson Ten months after Ron Calzone declared victory when a circuit judge blocked the Missouri Ethics Commission from requiring him to register to lobby the Legislature, a state appeals court said the original ruling was premature… Calzone, director of […]

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Daily Media Links 7/19: House Democrats Focus on Ethics, Political Money, New hearing on ‘dark-money’ proposal, and more…

In the News SCOTUSblog: Wednesday round-up By Edith Roberts At the Center for Competitive Politics, Luke Wachob “discusses three consequences of an America without the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Buckley v. Valeo,” and concludes that “[p]reserving Buckley is essential to protecting the First Amendment right to free speech.” SF Gate: Experts defend, oppose Electoral […]

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Daily Media Links 7/18: Vermont passes ethics, disclosure laws; now Idaho’s one of just two states without, Revolving door rarely swings for lawmakers returning as lobbyists, and more…

CCP New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and association rights would […]

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Daily Media Links 7/17: Prosecutors and Political Corruption, Should Landlords Be Forced to Subsidize Others’ Speech?, and more…

FEC The Hill: Officials clash at FEC over confronting Russian influence in 2018 elections By Lisa Hagen The heated clash over the topic comes as lawmakers and watchdog groups have been mounting pressure on the FEC to look into Donald Trump Jr.’s emails after recent reports that he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer […]

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Daily Media Links 7/14: Little FEC Consensus on Moves to Combat Foreign Influence, An Informed Citizenry: Broadening The “Media Exemption” to Include Nonprofit Communications, and more…

In the News Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing By Andrew Oxford Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups. The first of three public hearings on the […]

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Daily Media Links 7/13: Correcting the Record on the First Amendment, Khanna starts PAC-free caucus, and more…

In the News Santa Fe New Mexican: Rules combatting “dark money” in politics facing growing opposition By Steve Terrell In an opinion piece published by The New Mexican this week, Gessing and Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a former member of the Federal Election Commission, wrote, “Bureaucratic rule-makings can serve […]

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Daily Media Links 7/12: In New York, a rogue attorney general promotes himself rather than justice,Donald Trump, Jr. and the Censorship of Meetings, and more…

Free Speech Washington Examiner: In New York, a rogue attorney general promotes himself rather than justice By Peter Roff In filing the brief, the other attorneys general expressed concern that the investigation by the defendants, Schneiderman and Healey, is heavily politicized, representing a misuse of prosecutorial power being used as a tool to silence anyone […]

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