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Daily Media Links 2/22: Dysfunction and Deadlock at the Federal Election Commission, Trump Proved Citizens United Doesn’t Let Big Money Control Democracy, and more…

CCP                    Demos Study Doesn’t Prove Donors Control Politics, But it Suggests Government Should By Joe Albanese The progressive advocacy group Demos released a study examining the demographics of the “elite donor” class, arguing that its makeup unfairly shapes policy formation in America. Their study finds that the biggest political contributors are proportionally more […]

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Daily Media Links 2/21: Ann Ravel steps down from FEC in letter urging Trump to embrace campaign finance reform, Former Clinton super PAC begins targeting vulnerable GOP members of Congress, and more…

CCP                    Gorsuch Follows Precedent in Two Retaliation Cases By David Keating This post covers two First Amendment retaliation cases by Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch writes one opinion and joins another in cases constrained by precedent… Casey v. West Las Vegas Ind. School Dist. A school board demoted and eventually […]

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Daily Media Links 2/17: How Twitter’s New Censorship Tools Are The Pandora’s Box Moving Us Towards The End Of Free Speech, Will Comcast pick the next president?, and more…

In the News                    Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Disclosure Test By Editorial Board Donor disclosure has become a weapon of political intimidation, and it could get worse. The Supreme Court will soon consider whether ads that discuss policy issues without advocating for a candidate can be regulated and the names of their financial backers […]

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Daily Media Links 2/16: Gorsuch confirmation hearing set for March 20, ‘Dark money’ may get new rules, and more…

In the News                    Charleston Post and Courier: Dark money bill chills free speech By Eric Wang Senate Bill 255 appears to require an “independent expenditure committee” to file ongoing campaign finance reports as a political “committee” – commonly known as “PAC.” The bill’s extreme ambiguity on this point is, in and of itself, a […]

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Daily Media Links 2/15: Dem FEC Commissioner Potentially Violated Federal Ethics Laws With Trump Demand, Republicans prepare for court battle over out-of-state spending caps, and more…

Supreme Court                   U.S. News & World Report: A Threat to Democracy By Karen Hobert Flynn The Supreme Court should allow “we the people” to protect our democracy from big money and special interests. Instead it has issued a series of misguided decisions that have systematically struck down common-sense protections against big money in politics […]

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Daily Media Links 2/14: FEC Dem seeks Hollywood help in war on Trump, Senate Committee Considers Campaign Finance Overhaul, and more…

In the News                   Bloomberg BNA: Supreme Court Set to Eye Challenge to FEC Disclosure Rules By Kenneth P. Doyle The Supreme Court is set to decide soon whether to review the latest challenge to disclosure requirements for political ads, which was rejected by a lower court last year (Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, […]

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Daily Media Links 2/13: Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion, Fight over campaign money was decided 40 years ago, and more…

In the News                   SCOTUSblog: Petition of the day By Kate Howard Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission 16-743 Issue: Whether Congress may require organizations engaged in the genuine discussion of policy issues, unconnected to any campaign for office, to report to the Federal Election Commission, and publicly disclose their donors, pursuant to the Bipartisan […]

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Daily Media Links 2/10: Another First for Trump: A Policy Arm Operating Totally in Secret, Legislation Would Allow Public-Funds Match For Small Campaign Donors, and more…

CCP               Analysis of South Carolina S. 255: An Unconstitutional Bill Seeking to Reshuffle the Titanic’s Deck Chairs – After the Ship Has Sunk Already By Eric Wang To point out the gaping constitutional holes in S. 255, we could (but do not) simply attach copies of the U.S. District Court’s 2010 opinion in […]

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Daily Media Links 2/9: How CREW Chair Norm Eisen Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nordstrom Corporation, No, Soros isn’t bankrolling these GOP candidates. Knock it off., and more…

Supreme Court              Bloomberg: Schumer Says Gorsuch Avoided His Questions ‘Like the Plague’ By Laura Litvan Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that his concerns about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch deepened after they met privately… “The judge today avoided answering questions like the plague,” Schumer told reporters. He said he also asked for Gorsuch’s views on the […]

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Daily Media Links 2/8: Of Gorsuch, the Supreme Court, and Campaign Finance, New senator wants to shred First Amendment protection, and more…

In the News             The Hill: Obama was no one’s hero when it came to money in politics By Luke Wachob For eight years, left-leaning groups like Common Cause, Public Citizen, and the Brennan Center for Justice pressured President Obama to do something, anything about “money in politics.” Despite their pleas, he never took direct […]

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