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Boston Globe: A post-campaign super PAC fight (In the News)

By Felice Belman Remember the Mayday PAC, the super PAC created to put an end to . . . super PACs? Mayday, headed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig, supports significant reform to the nation’s campaign finance system. In a weird bit of irony, a group called the Center for Competitive Politics has filed a complaint against Mayday, accusing [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Contribution Regulation and Its Critics (In the News)

By Bob Bauer When the Supreme Court took up the McCutcheon case, and again when it was decided, commentators suggested that the Court might be poised to reconsider the constitutional foundations of contribution regulation. The Justices had done what they needed to do to expand and solidify the right to independent spending; now they would turn their attention, in [...]

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LA Times: Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign spending (In the News)

By Joseph Tanfani Conservative legal organizations argue it’s wrong for the government to force groups that take controversial opinions to reveal donor names. “Some people are fine with it, but others are not,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which argues for fewer restrictions on campaign spending. “It will be harder to speak [...]

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RNLA: Larry Lessig: Campaign Finance’s Leona Helmsley (In the News)

By Paul Jossey Of course, another possibility also exists. Lessig may now be a reluctant apostate to the transparency cause—channeling less Leona Helmsley than Barack Obama. On numerous issues—e.g. Guantanamo, recess appointments, debt ceiling—candidate Obama found fault with his predecessor. But once in office and faced with the realities of governing, President Obama continued policies he had once pilloried. [...]

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Daily Caller: CLAIM: Harvard Prof Who Raised Millions For Stricter Campaign Finance Laws BROKE EXISTING LAWS

By Eric Owens But embrace this irony: the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting free speech, has filed a complaint against Lessig’s Mayday PAC claiming that the organization dedicated to stricter campaign finance laws blatantly broke already-existing federal election law. According to the complaint, Mayday PAC — the self-proclaimed “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs” — made considerable [...]

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Daily Caller: CLAIM: Harvard Prof Who Raised Millions For Stricter Campaign Finance Laws BROKE EXISTING LAWS (In the News)

By Eric Owens But embrace this irony: the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting free speech, has filed a complaint against Lessig’s Mayday PAC claiming that the organization dedicated to stricter campaign finance laws blatantly broke already-existing federal election law. According to the complaint, Mayday PAC — the self-proclaimed “SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs” — made considerable [...]

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Free Beacon: Transparency Champion Allegedly Violates Transparency Laws (In the News)

By Lachlan Markay Campaign committees, the complaint notes, expend significant resources complying with disclaimer requirements that some might see as frivolous or overly technical. Declining to sanction a group for failing to comply with those requirements would unfairly hobble smaller groups without MAYDAY’s extensive resources, CCP wrote. “CCP is unaware of any other situation such as this, in [...]

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The Morning Sun: Walker: Voters Erect Speed Bumps for Government Juggernaut (In the News)

By Bruce Edward Walker However, it’s easier for such Democrats as Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to vilify Charles and David Koch and, conversely, for Republicans to snicker at the estimated $74 million mostly blown by billionaire investor (in coal and coal-operated power plants, no less!) turned green-energy advocate Tom Steyer on Democratic campaigns [...]

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Wall Street Journal: It’s Shocking How Little Was Spent on the Midterms (In the News)

By JOHN R. LOTT JR. And  BRADLEY A. SMITH Many who express the most outrage about campaign expenditures—liberal interest groups such as Public Citizen, or politicians such as Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi —frequently are cheerleaders for the even faster growth in government spending. If they want less spent on campaigns, then put less at stake: Make government smaller. In [...]

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Politico: Top campaign-finance cases to watch (In the News)

By Byron Tau At least a half-dozen major campaign-finance cases winding their way through the courts have the potential to shake up the political landscape in the vein of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling — or the more recent McCutcheon decision — forcing major changes in the way campaigns are financed and run. They could get a sympathetic [...]

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