Washington Examiner: Campaign finance rules miss the forest for the trees (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Discussions of campaign finance regulation usually bring to mind images of smoke-filled rooms and wealthy donors — the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson on the Right, and Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and George Soros on the Left. They never seem to include people like Diana Hsieh. Hsieh is a Colorado resident with a Ph.D. She [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Complex Rules and the Choice of Enforcement Model (In the News)

By Bob Bauer Larry Lessig’s PAC has run into regulatory difficulties, apparently botching compliance with disclaimer requirements, and the Center for Competitive Politics decided to make an example of him by filing a complaint with the FEC. Example of what?  That those advocating for regulated politics should sample the fare they are urging on others and experience the same indigestion. In the Wall [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Inexpensive Issues Speech and the Regulation of Impact (In the News)

By Bob Bauer In another case, in Colorado, the question was whether an individual’s interest in keeping church and state separate led her to “issue committee” status, bringing with it a registration and reporting requirement that applies when two or more persons spend more than $200 on issues speech. Coalition for Secular Government v. Scott [...]

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

By Theodoric Meyer It’s unknown how aggressive the IRS’ new proposal will be in attempting to rein in political activity by social welfare nonprofits. Some observers expect the agency to set a hard limit on how much of groups’ spending can be devoted to politics, perhaps 40 percent or less. Others think the limit will be higher — [...]

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Wall Street Journal: Not Even Reformers Can Follow Campaign-Finance Law (In the News)

By Scott Blackburn ‘Embrace the Irony.” That’s the slogan of Mayday PAC, the self-described “Super PAC to end all Super PACs” and brainchild of Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig. But there is unintended irony as well. Mayday PAC, which supports more campaign-finance regulations, repeatedly violated existing campaign-finance laws.  In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission in late November, [...]

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The Hill: Firms skirting ‘pay-to-play’ prohibitions, advocates say (In the News)

By Lydia Wheeler Keating, of the Center for Competitive Politics, said it is a dangerous concept when people say the government should be in charge of who can say what when.   He said Congress could pass legislation to reward and protect whistleblowers, if it wants to protect against corruption. But new restrictions on independent spending would be misplaced, [...]

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Bloomberg: For the Wealthiest Political Donors, It Was a Very Good Year (Except Sheldon Adelson) (In the News)

By Annie Linskey and Julie Bykowicz David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, a group that argues the limits on political spending are arbitrary, sees it differently. “Big money in politics can actually make the electorate better informed,” he said. Besides, he added, there are enough billionaires to go around. For example, “you’ve [...]

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The American Spectator: The ‘Dark Money’ Inquisition is Coming (In the News)

By Jon Cassidy As long as there is privacy in politics, even way out at the margins, such as with some home school coalition that mails out endorsements by newsletter, then the progressives will call it a hiding place for subversive elements and dark money. This is why their movement is coming to resemble the Inquisition. The first [...]

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Buffalo News: Campaign finance disclosure laws may invade citizens’ privacy (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Campaign finance disclosure laws are supposed to empower citizens to monitor elected officials. But today, we increasingly hear calls for disclosure laws that would do the opposite: afford those in power the ability to monitor the beliefs and activities of the citizens they serve.  According to The Buffalo News editorial, “Disclosure of political contributions is [...]

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Sunlight Foundation: Influence Analytics 2014: IRS political regs, Keystone XL & cigars draw most comments (In the News)

By Nancy Watzman That seemed to be the case for the comments about the IRS proposal to regulate political nonprofits. Most of the comments appeared to be organized by conservative groups opposed to the agency setting standards for what constitutes political activity by nonprofit organizations, our earlier reporting showed. Among comments where we found similarity of language, negative comments [...]

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