Wisconsin State Journal: Complaint alleges Scott Walker is already a presidential candidate (In the News)

By Matthew DeFour Brad Smith, chairman of the anti-regulation Center for Competitive Politics and a former FEC chairman, said he expects it would be hard to muster four votes from the six-member FEC board to investigate the allegations because they would have to assume the subjects of the complaints are candidates, and they have all said they are not. [...]

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Wall Street Journal (LTE): Is Mandatory Voting an Idea Whose Time Has Come? (In the News)

By David Keating Of course, President Obama failed to note that Australia’s campaign finance laws make the court’s ruling in Citizens United look timid by comparison. Australia allows unlimited donations to candidates and parties, and donations from corporations or even foreigners are allowed. Here, such donations are banned for federal candidates. Australians can claim a tax deduction of $1,166 for donations [...]

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Daily Caller: Fixing Politics By Force Won’t Work (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The president is likely correct that more active and attentive voters would make it even harder than it currently is for politicians to betray their constituents’ interests in favor of the positions of financial supporters. Academic research shows that campaign contributions are less predictive of how politicians vote on bills than other factors (“Indicators of party, ideology, [...]

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ABC: Why the 2016 Presidential Candidates Are Waiting to Jump In (In the News)

By Chris Good Candidates want to post the biggest fundraising totals they can, especially early in a campaign, in order to appear strong, impress donors and prove they’re viable. For that reason, it makes sense to wait until the beginning of a quarter to start raising money. “I’d expect a lot of them to announce in early [...]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: The FEC Takes First Steps on a Disclosure Rulemaking (In the News)

By Bob Bauer The FEC last week approved a Proposed Petition for Rulemaking that seeks agency action in various ways to clarify and strengthen public disclosure requirements and expand, as authorized by Congress, the Administrative Fines Program. The attorneys filing the Petition represent varied and bi-partisan professional backgrounds and experiences. Their point overall is that, while there are obviously major differences [...]

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In These Times: Storming the Corporate Castle: Does Shareholder Activism Work? (In the News)

By Theo Anderson Conservatives have noted the tactic’s power and potential, and they are sounding the alarm. In a 2011 report on “Activist Investing in Post-Citizens United America,” the right-wing Center for Competitive Politics warns that shareholder activists “see for-profit corporations as their political enemy, and seek partisan or ideological advantage by squelching corporate political speech.” In 2013, the [...]

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Star Tribune: Bill opens door to the speech police (In the News)

By Matt Nese and Annette Meeks The irony would be funny if it weren’t so frightening. A Minnesota Senate committee that refuses to hear public testimony is considering a bill that would massively expand the state’s regulation of political speech — under the guise of improving transparency. This measure, Senate File 214, would require any group that simply [...]

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Prosecutor alerts justices to secrecy violation in John Doe (In the News)

By Jason Stein Prosecutor Fran Schmitz made the allegation in a sealed letter to the court Thursday and also referenced the allegation in an open cover letter that was released by the court’s clerk for the first time Friday. Schmitz doesn’t name the violation in the open letter or speculate on the leaker’s identity, but he made the [...]

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Tax Analyst: Donors to Tax-Exempts Often Give Super-Sized Amounts (In the News)

By Paul C. Barton But von Spakovsky said the idea that contributors to a 501(c)(4) can later pull the strings of a winning candidate “is the kind of anecdotal claim for which [progressives] have no proof.” Most winning candidates, he said, will have no idea who contributed to a 501(c)(4) that might have supported them. “I think there [...]

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The Hill: Meet the man taking aim at campaign finance regulations (In the News)

By Cameron Joseph David Keating was the mastermind behind the 2010 case v. Federal Election Commission that led to the ruling that individuals can spend unlimited amounts of money on political speech, triggering a floodgate of outside group spending.  Now, as head of the conservative, anti-regulation Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), he’s aiming to blow more holes in the damaged [...]

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