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CPI: The next ‘Citizens United’ is coming (In the News)

Carrie Levine When asked by the Center for Public Integrity, campaign finance lawyers were more tentative when naming other cases that could bring sweeping change, and forecasting which cases have the potential to reach the U.S. Supreme Court… One, Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, involves a Delaware law that requires groups to reveal their donors’ […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: More on Campaign Finance and the Threat of Darkness: Trumpism and Issues Speech (In the News)

Bob Bauer How this question of “practical application” will affect speakers, or potential speakers, concerned about Trumpism remains to be seen. Perhaps some will say that the regulatory consequences are modest, in some instances “only” mandatory reporting to regulatory authorities of the financing of the communication. Others, less sanguine, will take heightened interest in any […]

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The Hill: The First Amendment and a phony foreign threat (In the News)

Bradley Smith Those favoring retention of Schedule B invoke a familiar bogeyman – “foreign money.” Without Schedule B, they assert, foreign donors could funnel cash to politically active non-profit organizations to influence American elections. In fact, it has always been legal for foreign citizens to contribute to non-profits, and there is simply no evidence that […]

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Daily Caller: Supreme Court Should Take Voter Guide Case (In the News)

Luke Wachob The law has no benefits to justify these extreme costs. Voters gain nothing from knowing the identities of donors to groups that do not support candidates. These are not campaign donations. Without a link from money being spent to a candidate being benefitted, there’s no value in the data. Delaware likely knows that […]

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SCOTUS Blog: Petition of the day (In the News)

Kate Howard Delaware Strong Families v. Denn Issue: Whether a state’s interest in “increas[ing] . . . information concerning those who support the candidates,” Buckley v. Valeo, permits it to condition a charity’s publication of a nonpartisan voter education guide, which lists all candidates equally and makes no endorsements, upon the immediate and public disclosures […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Again Before the Supreme Court: Can There Be “Issues Speech” During Campaigns? (In the News)

Bob Bauer The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to take up a major case about disclosure and this has received little attention—far less than it should. At issue is the clarification of how far government authority extends in requiring the disclosure of the financing of “issues speech”–speech or just information about candidates’ positions that […]

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Cato Daily Podcast: Governor Cuomo’s Twin Stabs at Free Speech and Association (In the News)

Caleb Brown New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would have state agencies boycott those who would boycott Israel and he does his best to circumvent the Citizens United decision. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics comments. Listen…

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Reason: The Transparency Bullies (In the News)

Matt Welch California Attorney General Kamala Harris, an enthusiastic member of the Gore-friendly A.G. team, has also been at the forefront of one-way transparency; i.e., government attempts to force disclosure of donors to hated nonprofits. In April, a district court judge ruled against Harris’ threat to prohibit the California fundraising activities of Americans for Prosperity […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Reform requires knowing basics about campaign financing (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith The PG notes that in 2012, about $570 million was spent in the presidential race by independent groups. This, it says, is “often called ‘dark money,’ ” with donors “kept secret.” This confuses two issues. Independent spending is merely spending by groups of citizens not affiliated directly with a candidate or political […]

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New York Post: Taxpayer-funded campaigns have been a disaster in New York (In the News)

Paul H. Jossey But even without the most recent blowups, New York City’s small-donor funding program has failed. Abusing the system has become routine. Candidates have collectively funneled millions to family and friends running nonprofits. They have evaded contribution and expenditure limits by laundering through companies, unions and straw donors. The program has had effects […]

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