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Judge rules Colorado disclosure law unconstitutional

Alexandria, VA – A federal judge late yesterday ruled that Colorado’s campaign disclosure laws violate the First Amendment when applied to small organizations, writing that “any ‘informational interest’ the government has in mandating contribution and expenditure disclosures [is] so minimal as to be nonexistent, and certainly insufficient to justify the burdens compliance imposes on members’ [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/10: ‘Dark Money’ Exercises Freedom of Speech and Religion, FEC votes to relax campaign finance rules, and more…

CCP Bradley A. Smith’s Opening Remarks: AmericanForum: How we finance our political campaigns (Video)  When I was at the Federal Elections Commission I used to keep a file of letters that we received from ordinary citizens who were caught up in our investigations. These people weren’t trying to corrupt anything they were just trying to do [...]

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Bloomberg: New Super-PAC Takes Midterm Lead for Kochs (In the News)

By Annie Linskey By shifting ad spending to a super-PAC, the Kochs won’t need to worry about whether the IRS decides to amend disclosure rules, impose new limits on campaign-related activities or if any of the ongoing legal battles trigger changes. “All these groups have to consider what that IRS might construe as political,” said [...]

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Law & Politics Update: In Independence Institute, a Pro-Disclosure Decision—But With No Disclosure to Follow (In the News)

By Brian Svoboda In Independence Institute, the district court was emphatic that neither Wisconsin Right to Life nor Citizens United provided any basis to curtail disclosure. The district court said that Wisconsin Right to Life involved only “the regulation of expenditures,” not “the disclosure requirements,” and that  Citizens United“squarely foreclosed” any effort to narrow disclosure. The unavoidable implication of the district court’s opinion is that the FEC’s [...]

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The Hill: Dark money still a bit player (In the News)

By Luke Wachob What would you call an election in which over 95 percent of campaign spending is funded by groups that publicly disclose the names and addresses of their donors to the Federal Election Commission, along with information on donors’ employers and occupations? The Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal calls it “the dark money election.” The Center for Responsive Politics, which [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/9: No relationship between money and a healthy political system, 10th Circuit Fuzzy on Colorado Election Law, and more…

In the News The Hill: Dark money still a bit player By Luke Wachob What would you call an election in which over 95 percent of campaign spending is funded by groups that publicly disclose the names and addresses of their donors to the Federal Election Commission, along with information on donors’ employers and occupations? The Huffington [...]

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WGSO: Eyes will be on Senate campaign fundraising (In the News)

“We think that’s a pretty good deal,” said David Keating, president of the nonprofit Center for Competitive Politics in northern Virginia and a plaintiff on the winning side of the SpeechNow case. “More spending means more information, and more voters turning out. “The rise in spending is because the courts have recognized that the First Amendment [...]

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Philanthropy Daily: Lies, damned lies, and polls (In the News)

By Scott Walker Yet 51% of those polled refused to take the bait and say they support “more clear and fair rules,” along with baseball, mom, and apple pie. I’d say that’s evidence people are smart enough not to trust pollsters. The average American may not know much about section 501(c) of the tax code, but he [...]

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Wall Street Journal (LTE): Lack of Privacy Limits Legitimate Conservative Activity (In the News)

By Chris Moore With regard to what we do know about political donations, the unions that sponsor the pension funds that are at the forefront of corporate-disclosure activism arguably are the largest institutional participants in the political process. Only heavily regulated and unionized businesses in the telecommunications, finance, health and defense sectors give unions a run for [...]

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Texas Tribune Festival: 2014 Tribune Festival: “Dark Money” vs. Donor Privacy (In the News)

Moderated by Center for Public Integrity Senior Political Reporter Dave Levinthal. Featured were Sunlight Foundation Editorial Director Bill Allison, state Rep. Byron Cook, Baker Hostetler Associate Andrew Grossman, Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating and Texas Ethics Commissioner Chase Untermeyer.  Listen…

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