NY Times: The Makeup of the F.E.C. (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The current structure, allowing no more than three commissioners from any political party, helps prevent partisans from using the agency to hamper political opponents. It is a crucial safety feature to protect First Amendment rights. Allowing any president to appoint a fourth member from his party would essentially place the agency under his control. If you [...]

Filed Under: In the News

NPR: Senate Moves Forward In Bid To Limit Campaign Funds (In the News)

By PETER OVERBY Really, says Keating, this is all about political hardball. “If Democrats are proposing a proposal Republicans think will hurt them they’ll oppose it,” he says, “and if Republicans support a proposal that Democrats think will hurt them, they’ll oppose it.”   Read more…

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USA Today: Campaign donor secrecy stops retaliation: Opposing view (In the News)

By Eric Wang Emotions roil many of our major public policy debates today. Not long ago, a potential contributor to the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, might have thought twice had the law required donor disclosure. Today, it is donors to groups opposing gay marriage who have suffered retaliation. Given the emotional controversy [...]

Filed Under: Disclosure Press Release/In the News/Blog, Eric Wang, Published Articles

National Review: Udall’s Futile Fight against Free Speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Udall-amendment supporters might actually be banking on the fact that the amendment won’t pass. Its vague language allows them to say whatever they want about it while casting its opponents as having been “bought” by “big money,” a highly useful political tactic during a heated election season. But would senators really fabricate a crisis [...]

Filed Under: Amending Press Release/In the News/Blog, Luke Wachob, Published Articles

ABC7: Independence Institute calls for government transparency, now suing for “privacy of its donors” (In the News)

“We are being transparent about who funded it; the Independence Institute,” said Caldara. “We have donors and investors and people who donate money to us. I wouldn’t know which one of thousands of donors you would want to know who gave. It comes out of our general fund.”   Caldara could have produced the ad and risked [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Independence Institute v. Gessler Other Links

National Review: Wisconsin Prosecutors’ Attack on the First Amendment Gets to the Seventh Circuit (In the News)

By Hans A. von Spakovsky In a civil-rights lawsuit filed by Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targets of the investigation, federal district court judge Rudoph Randa put an end to this partisan witch-hunt, saying that the prosecutors were trying to criminalize political speech. That decision has been appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by the prosecutors, who [...]

Filed Under: In the News, Quotes CCP First Amendment big guns back targets of John Doe probe (In the News)

By M.D. Kittle MADISON, Wis. — Some of the sharpest First Amendment minds in the country are weighing in on a Wisconsin-based civil rights case that is testing the boundaries of prosecutors’ power and the protections of free speech. In advance of next week’s oral arguments before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals,at least five former Federal Election Commission members, [...]

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The Objective Standard: Speech Isn’t Free when Government Requires Speakers to Register and Report (In the News)

By Ari Armstrong Imagine how America’s Founders would have reacted if politicians had tried to force them to register with the government in order to speak their minds about politics. Needless to say, they would have acted decisively and quickly against such tyranny. But in many contexts today, under federal and state laws, people legally must [...]

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NPR (To the Point): Without Limits, Will Campaign Contributions Dominate Politics? (In the News)

There’s just nine weeks left before the mid-term elections—and there’s more money than ever for Senate and House campaigns. In April, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon gave his name to a US Supreme Court decision to eliminate legal restrictions on how much an individual can give in total to candidates and committees. McCutcheon says it’s great [...]

Filed Under: Broadcast, Video, Audio, In the News, Money in Politics

Legal Newsline: Federal lawsuit challenges McCain-Feingold disclosure law (In the News)

By David Yates “While the government may require disclosure for speech related to elections, a long line of Supreme Court cases protect the First Amendment right to speak about public issues while maintaining the privacy of speakers and their supporters,” said Allen Dickerson, CCP’s legal director who is also representing the Institute. “Congress and the state [...]

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