Las Vegas Review Journal: No magic words, no problem! (In the News)

By Steve Sebelius The majority — comprised of Chief Justice James Hardesty and Justices Ron Parraguirre, Michael Cherry, Mark Gibbons and Kristina Pickering — agreed. “Nevertheless, the Legislature did not discuss [in 1997, when the law was originally written] either the magic words or the contextual approach in any depth,” the majority wrote. “Thus, we cannot conclude from the legislative history that the Legislature [...]

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Newsmax: FEC Democrats Weigh Regulating Internet Speech (In the News)

By Joel Himelfarb But former Republican FEC Chairman Bradley Smith warned that if the agency actually went ahead with plans to regulate the Internet – including widely read news sites like the Drudge Report – it would be deluged with negative comments. FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel has said she wants to regulate politicking on the Internet, and [...]

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Las Vegas Review Journal: Nevada high court reverses Citizen Outreach decision; clerical error blamed (In the News)

By Sean Whaley CARSON CITY — In a rare error, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a new 5-2 order Wednesday in favor of Citizen Outreach in a case involving election fliers and whether the conservative political group had to disclose who paid for them. “Because it is undisputed that Citizen Outreach’s fliers do not contain magic [...]

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Washington Examiner: Dems on FEC open to new regs on donors, Internet (In the News)

By Paul Bedard Noting the 32,000 public comments that came into the FEC in advance of the hearing, Democratic Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub said, “75 percent thought that we need to do more about money in politics, particularly in the area of disclosure. And I think that’s something that we can’t ignore.” But a former Republican FEC [...]

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Forbes: More Political Spending Leads To Better Representation (In the News)

By Luke Wachob In fact, the candidates that stand to benefit most in the long run from the rulings are not the best fundraisers, but rather political outsiders who lack connections to traditional sources of support like the business community or party leadership. Why? Because one of the major effects of campaign spending is to boost something incumbents [...]

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Associated Press: Oops … court changes ruling in Citizen Outreach appeal (In the News)

Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating said the court’s decision was an important victory for free speech and the state overreached in bringing legal action against Citizen Outreach. “The secretary of state tried to use a law passed after the group spoke in order to fine and impose burdensome government filing requirements simply for exercising its [...]

Filed Under: In the News, In the News Our Cases, Quotes CCP Is FEC hearing stacking the deck for ‘dark money’ narrative? (In the News)

By MD Kittle Keating said the full-day hearing agenda appears to be “reasonably balanced” on both sides of the issue. But the morning’s schedule of panelists is packed with members of the “dark money” narrative crowd, who are likely, Keating said, to pick up the brunt of media coverage. “If you decide to listen to only the [...]

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Lessig Blog: On CCP’s Complaints: Tempest, Meet Teapot (In the News)

As we have made clear in our filings with the FEC, the problem had nothing to do with the complexity of the law. The problem was getting vendors to follow it. When we launched our campaign, we took the steps to circulate the rules to the vendors making the ads. We assumed — mistakenly — that [...]

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Pay to Play Law Blog: Amicus Brief Highlights the Massive Reach and Unintended Consequences of SEC Rule 206(4)-5 (In the News)

By Stefan Passantino and Ben Keane That tension has manifested in the thoughtful – and, quite frankly, scary – amicus brief filed by the Center for Competitive Politics on behalf of the Financial Services Institute.  In that brief, FSI notes that it is a network of independent financial advisors which are each independent broker-dealers operating [...]

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FEC: FEC to Hold Public Hearing on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Light of McCutcheon, et al. v. FEC (Event)

Panel #1 8:30 – 9:30 Robert Bauer Karen Getman Elisabeth MacNamara (League of Women Voters) John Phillippe Jr. (Republican National Committee) Donald Simon (Democracy 21) Bradley Smith (Center for Competitive Politics) Read more…

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