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Scranton Times-Tribune: Delaware sheds light (In the News)

Editorial Board Delaware passed a strong disclosure law, however, requiring any advocacy group that spends more than $500 in any campaign to identify anyone who contributes more than $100. Delaware Strong Families, a conservative group that publishes voter guides prior to elections, sued and won in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware. A three-judge […]

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Constitution Daily: What’s the next big controversy on campaign finance? (In the News)

Lyle Denniston Efforts to narrow disclosure duties to “express advocacy” both succeeded and failed in a pair of court rulings that, by coincidence, were issued on the same day, July 16.   The conflicting results are the kind that will often lead the Supreme Court to step in to say who was right. In one of […]

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International Business Times: Court Decides Delaware Donors Must Be Made Public When Campaign Groups Spend Over $500 (In the News)

Mike Brown The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Delaware law compelling groups that spend more than $500 to reveal donors who contributed $100 or more. Delaware Safe Families (DSF), a nonprofit that distributed an “informational” voter guide in the 2014 election, was previously awarded an injunction to avoid complying with the […]

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News Journal: Federal judges uphold Delaware campaign disclosure law (In the News)

Jon Offredo “Delaware voters deserve to know who is responsible for advertisements and other materials asking for them to support or oppose candidates, and the court has made a strong statement upholding the state’s right to ensure transparency for our citizens,” [Gov.] Markell said in the statement… Nicole Theis, president of Delaware Strong Families, said […]

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Reuters: Delaware wins appeal, can enforce law on election ads (In the News)

Jonathan Stempel Thursday’s 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower court ruling that had favored Delaware Strong Families, a conservative-leaning group that publishes “voter guides” ahead of elections. Allen Dickerson, a lawyer at the Center for Competitive Politics representing Delaware Strong Families, said the group intends to […]

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Crain’s Chicago Business: Today we get a glimpse into the historic 2016 campaign money race (In the News)

Editorial American elections are being transformed by a series of court rulings, including the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, which loosened decades-old limits on money in politics by declaring that political spending was a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. For proponents of the changes, the current fundraising cycle is a […]

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Washington Post: Groups backed by secret donors take the lead in shaping 2016 elections (In the News)

Matea Gold Supporters of limited regulation argue that there is an important value in allowing anonymous donations. “You’re going to get speech you don’t get otherwise,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. “There are going to be people willing to fund speech who want to change government policy, and they won’t […]

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USA Today: Wealthy donors seize the steering wheel in 2016 races (In the News)

Fredreka Schouten David Keating, who favors fewer campaign restrictions as president of the Center for Competitive Politics, said donor-focused super PACs may provide greater accountability and transparency to contributors. Each super PAC is required to detail its fundraising and spending in regular reports to the Federal Election Commission. “It’s one thing to get a promise […]

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Concurring Opinions: En Banc Unanimous Ruling from DC Circuit Upholds Federal Ban on Contributions by Federal Contractors (In the News)

Ronald K.L. Collins Morrison and Spitzer received some help by way of an amicus brief submitted on their clients’ behalf by the Center for Competitive Politics and the Cato Institute. “This case presents an unusual question,” wrote Allen Dickerson for the Center and Institute (Cato’s Ilya Shapiro was co-counsel on the brief.)  “While suits challenging […]

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Roll Call: High-Dollar Fundraising Makes Comeback, Raises Bribery Concerns (In the News)

Eliza Newlin Carney If unfettered campaign spending has rendered contribution limits all but meaningless, conservatives say the solution is to simply eliminate them. “Our view is that they should take the contribution limits off altogether, and the candidates should be able to ask for money for their own campaigns,” said David Keating, president of the […]

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