Pro Publica: New IRS Rules on Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election (In the News)

By Theodoric Meyer David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has called for less restrictive campaign finance regulations, said he doubted the rules would significantly affect the social welfare nonprofits that spend the most on elections, such as Crossroads GPS on the right and Patriot Majority USA on the left. “For the people who [...]

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Brennan Center: Do Even the Koch Brothers Deserve Some Privacy? (In the News)

By Ciara Torres-Spelliscy The Protect Marriage case may not resolve the issue in CCP and APF cases since ProtectMarriage is about campaign spending in a ballot initiative and at least from the outside, there does not appear to be an allegation of political spending by either group, which is consistent with CCP’s and APF’s 501(c)(3) tax status, which bars both [...]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases What Makes a Fair Election? (Audio) (In the News)

Featuring Allen Dickerson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus Allen Dickerson joins us to talk about First Amendment rights when it comes to funding campaigns. What does it mean to have an undue influence on an election?   Listen…

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Wisconsin Reporter: Conservative groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to defend rights of John Doe targets (In the News)

By M.D. Kittle MADISON, Wis. — The John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is “sinister,” causing “irreparable harm,” even to those right-of-center organizations not targeted in the secret probe. That’s the assessment of the Wisconsin-based John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in a motion filed Friday in U.S. Supreme Court. MacIver is requesting to [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Cause for Complaint to the FEC (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Larry Lessig and Brad Smith remain at odds over the complaint Professor Smith’s organization, the Center for Competitive Politics, filed against Mayday PAC for violating the disclaimer rules. While not using precisely this word, Lessig believes that the CCP action was petty.  The problem, he says, was a breakdown in approval procedures and vendor performance, and no [...]

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Bloomberg: Koch brothers’ group allowed to keep California donors’ names secret (In the News)

A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech. The ruling comes as billionaires Charles and David Koch seek to raise almost $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a nonprofit foundation [...]

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Las Vegas Review Journal: State Supreme Court defends political speech (In the News)

Editorial Political speech enjoys special protection under the First Amendment because democracy cannot survive if government has the power to limit expression of high public interest and social concern. But that doesn’t stop elected officials from attacking political speech that targets them or their interests. Because they’re always focused on their next election, they consider all political [...]

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Bloomberg: Koch Group Claims California Endangers Donors by Demanding Names (In the News)

By Edvard Pettersson California keeps the donor information confidential and only uses it for law enforcement purposes, according to the attorney general’s court filings. Nonprofits are required to submit the unredacted donor information they provide to the Internal Revenue Service to keep their tax-exempt status in California, according to Harris.  U.S. District Judge Manuel Real is scheduled to [...]

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The Tribune-Review: The FEC & free speech: Another slippery slope (In the News)

Editorial Democrat Chairwoman Ann Ravel is no fan of last year’s  McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court decision striking down limits on total individual donations to political action committees. She would reverse a 2006 FEC decision to leave online political advocacy alone; some supporters would even force disclosure of third-party groups’ donors.  And fellow Democrat Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said 75 percent [...]

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Sunlight Foundation: FEC hearing shows little consensus on regulating political money (In the News)

By Peter Olsen-Phillips Brad Smith, a former FEC commissioner now at the Center for Competitive Politics, saw no need to add to the existing regulatory framework. He told attendees that there are currently more campaign regulations on the books than at any time previously, noting that the rules on disclosure alone “are longer than Plato’s Republic.”  Read more… [...]

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