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Daily Media Links 7/22: Group files campaign finance violation over Melania Trump speechwriter, Judge Strikes Down Two Austin Campaign Finance Rules, and more…

CCP Melania Trump controversy shows the silliness of campaign finance laws Luke Wachob To worry that Donald Trump the politician will do the bidding of Donald Trump the businessman is nonsensical. It’s the same person. To say the Trump campaign is now indebted to McIver is even more ridiculous. Of all the reasons to fear […]

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Daily Media Links 7/21: A Free-Speech Divide, Lobbyists have raised $7 million for Hillary Clinton. For Trump? Zero, and more…

CCP  Broccoli, Islam, Trump, and the Vanishing Line Between Political Speech and Speech Brad Smith A group called American Islam is sponsoring a big march in D.C. two days after Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination… In case you don’t know who they might be referring to, “[a]n American Islam video promoting the event […]

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Daily Media Links 7/20: States can bring political ‘dark money’ into the light, The Question of Intensity: Campaign Finance and the Ginsburg Controversy, and more…

Disclosure Regulation Los Angeles Times: States can bring political ‘dark money’ into the light Ann M. Ravel I’ve advocated repeatedly that the federal government could learn from California. But given the gridlock in Washington, some cities and states — Connecticut, Montana, New York City and Austin, Texas — have seized the lead. Among their reforms: […]

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Daily Media Links 7/19: Is Money Corrupting U.S. Politics? No, Could ‘Pokemon Go’ Break Election Laws?, and more…

CCP And More Doublespeak in Reformland: On Reversing SpeechNow.org Brad Smith We like to think that Mr. Howe is just ill-informed rather than engaged in intentional doublespeak aimed at misleading people about the nature of his lawsuit. Probably the “reformers” have told him that “this is just about disclosure”** – that’s a favorite line. They […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit (In the News)

Christopher Smart Allen Dickerson, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Politics, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the law would have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients were concerned that participating in any public debate could destroy the privacy of their donors, many of whom believe […]

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Daily Media Links 7/18: Lawmakers launch assault on campaign finance law, Pence Isn’t Going to Solve Trump’s Money Problems, and more…

In the News Salt Lake Tribune: Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit Christopher Smart Allen Dickerson, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Politics, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the law would have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients were concerned that participating in any […]

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Deseret News: Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law (In the News)

Associated Press The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional. The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying forcing them to reveal donors violates their freedom of speech. Groups like the Utah Taxpayers […]

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Daily Media Links 7/15: DNC host committee goes to court to keep its fund-raising under wraps, Donald Trump is crashing the system. Journalists need to build a new one., and more…

In the News Deseret News: Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law Associated Press The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional. The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying […]

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Utah settles lawsuit, concedes First Amendment violation

Alexandria, VA – In an agreement approved by a federal judge this afternoon, Utah agreed not to enforce a state campaign finance law that violated the First Amendment. The complex law required nonprofit advocacy groups to register with the state and publicly report their supporters’ private information, threatening donations to those organizations. The agreement, known […]

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Daily Media Links 7/14: Three Nonprofits, Former Koch Brothers’ Associates, Fined by F.E.C., Bernie’s Fundraising Was Revolutionary. How He Spent His Money Was Not., and more…

FEC New York Times: Three Nonprofits, Former Koch Brothers’ Associates, Fined by F.E.C. Nicholas Confessore The Federal Election Commission fined three nonprofit groups formerly connected with the political network overseen by the brothers Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch, according to documents released by a liberal watchdog group on Wednesday, a rare intervention by […]

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