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Daily Media Links 5/26: Senate confirms Judge Thapar to 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Connecticut House tests limits of regulating ‘dark money,’ and more…

CCP  Gorsuch’s Critics, Aided by an Enabling Media, Are Still Mischaracterizing Him  By Joe Albanese This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging restrictions on political party fundraising and spending in the McCain-Feingold Act… Although this outcome represented a victory for campaign finance restrictionists, they still found a target of derision in […]

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Daily Media Links 5/25: Why the High Court Sidestepped a Soft Money Case, FEC official worried about ‘foreign money’ spent on Facebook election ads, and more…

Supreme Court   U.S. News & World Report: Why the High Court Sidestepped a Soft Money Case  By Joseph P. Williams Gorsuch’s record, [Jonathan Turley] says, indicates he more likely views the Louisiana GOP case as a stimulating intellectual puzzle that could expand the boundaries of the First Amendment rather than a sop to Republicans […]

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Daily Media Links 5/24: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens jumps to the defense of dark money, ‘Soft Money’ Rules Upheld by Supreme Court, and more…

In the News    Washington Examiner: New study fails to prove that money sways politicians, despite activists’ excitement  By Joe Albanese and Brad Smith “Money in politics” obsessives have long been frustrated at the lack of scholarly support for the notion that political spending directly alters legislative votes, which would help them to push for […]

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Daily Media Links 5/23: Supreme Court Affirms Ban on ‘Soft Money’ in Campaigns, FEC member urges escalated Trump-Russia inquiry, and more…

Supreme Court   Los Angeles Times: Gorsuch dissents as Supreme Court upholds ban on big-money gifts to parties  By David G. Savage New Justice Neil M. Gorsuch joined Clarence Thomas in dissent Monday when the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Republican Party lawyer seeking to strike down limits on big-money contributions to political […]

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Daily Media Links 5/22: U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place, U.S. senators seek lifetime ban on ex-Congress members lobbying, and more…

Supreme Court   Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court leaves key campaign finance restriction in place   By Lawrence Hurley The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Republican challenge to a federal campaign finance restriction that prevents political parties from raising unlimited amounts of cash to spend on supporting candidates. The Republican Party of Louisiana had […]

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Daily Media Links 5/19: Judge: Lerner’s tea party-targeting testimony can stay secret – for now, Democrats Think Their First Amendment Is Different (And Superior), and more…

In the News        Capital Research Center:  “Dark Money” Funding Drops to 2.9% of All 2016 Campaign Spending By CRC Staff In a new issue brief, the Center for Competitive Politics reveals that so-called “dark money” funding decreased to only 2.9% of all campaign spending during the 2016 general election. Further analysis shows that “dark […]

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Daily Media Links 5/18: The Political Parties and Their Problems, Democrats launch ads against Frelinghuysen after he outed activist to her employer, and more…

CCP           New CCP Issue Brief: “Dark Money” Drops to 2.9% of Campaign Spending in 2016 Among other things, CCP’s Brief found: “Dark money” declined in both absolute and relative terms from the last presidential election cycle, down to $184 million from $309 million. “Dark money” accounted for only 2.9% of all campaign expenditures in […]

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Daily Media Links 5/17: Dark Money Opponent Hillary Clinton Forms Group to Handle Dark Money, Potential 2020 Candidates Are Already Spending Big On Online Ads. Here’s Why., and more…

CCP           Roosevelt Institute Study on “Political Money” is Not the Revelation It Claims to Be By Joe Albanese The authors of this paper – and its enthusiastic backers – declare it to be a groundbreaking work that definitively proves the relationship between political money and policymaking. An examination of what […]

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Daily Media Links 5/16: IRS officials are really good at protecting their own privacy, Hillary Clinton Starts Onward Together, a New Political Group, and more…

In the News           Greeley Tribune: We should oppose Ken Buck’s rotten proposal to dismantle the FEC By Brad Smith Buck’s proposal would give the president the power to choose the pivotal fifth vote. In theory, no more than two commissioners could be from the same party, so no party would […]

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Daily Media Links 5/11: Senate Custom Could Trip Up G.O.P.’s March to Reshape Courts, Public financing of elections, and more…

In the News           SCOTUSblog: Thursday round-up By Edith Roberts In an op-ed in the Washington Examiner, Bradley Smith urges the court to grant review in a campaign finance case challenging restrictions on contributions to state and local political parties, arguing that it “makes no sense to send state and local parties to the […]

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