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Baltimore Sun: Sarbanes models a different kind of election focused on small donors (In the News)

By John Fritze Critics question whether the proposal would result in the kind of transformative change in Washington that Sarbanes envisions, with candidates choosing to raise money from their voters instead of lobbyists. The skeptics include Bradley A. Smith, the Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “I’ll tell you who raises money from small donors: Sarah [...]

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Daily Interlake: Political speech, regulation and freedom: A case study (In the News)

By Eric Wang As a preliminary matter, if there is any misleading or undue influence in this whole sordid affair, it is Montana officials’ brazen attempt to deter political speech by invoking intimidating but ultimately fatuous legal theories. The mailer in question, which merely provides the correct date of the election and information about the candidates, and which [...]

Filed Under: Eric Wang, In the News, Published Articles

Daily Media Links 10/31: The S.E.C. and Political Spending, Wisconsin election board attorney asks federal judge to dismiss campaign coordination lawsuit, and more…

In the News Journal Sentinel: Judge hears arguments in campaign coordination case  By Bruce Vielmetti  A federal judge on Thursday heard arguments about whether he should dismiss a lawsuit that contends Wisconsin campaign finance laws — as interpreted by state election officials and a prosecutor — infringe on free speech rights. The issue is whether its legal [...]

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Journal Sentinel: Judge hears arguments in campaign coordination case (In the News)

By Bruce Vielmetti  A federal judge on Thursday heard arguments about whether he should dismiss a lawsuit that contends Wisconsin campaign finance laws — as interpreted by state election officials and a prosecutor — infringe on free speech rights. The issue is whether its legal for outside groups to coordinate with political candidates and their campaigns to influence [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/30: Ethics commission approves dark money regulation, FEC “Dark Money” Search Could Hurt Nonprofits, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: Campaign finance law is too complex  By Joe Trotter Writing for the U.S. Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the [...]

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Empower Texans: TEC Defies Supreme Court, Constitution (In the News)

By Michael Quinn Sullivan Despite a gubernatorial veto last year, the opposition of two-thirds of the state senate and the majority of the House Republican caucus, the Texas Ethics Commission has moved forward with unconstitutional rules that they were specifically warned against implementing by six incoming state senators. At today’s hearing, commissioners were warned by David Keating, a constitutional law expert who [...]

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Washington Examiner: Campaign finance law is too complex (In the News)

By Joe Trotter Writing for the U.S. Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote: “The First Amendment does not permit laws that force speakers to retain a campaign finance attorney, conduct demographic marketing research, or seek declaratory rulings before discussing the most salient political issues of our day.” Unfortunately, campaign finance laws and [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/29: Liberal Billionaires Dominate Super PAC Game in 2014, Business Bets Big on GOP in Senate, and more…

First Amendment   IBD: No Surprise Democrats Threaten Internet Free Speech  Make no mistake: This is a direct assault on the freedoms of political speech that have been the birthright for every American since the Constitution was ratified. But since when has the Constitution stopped those seeking to regulate political speech? As Robert Mutch points out [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/28: The nastiest political tactic this year, Data shows newspaper endorsements can actually make a difference, and more…

CCP FEC In the News: Regulating Internet Speech, Discouraging Movie Screenings, and Country Wide Tours  By Joe Trotter The Federal Election Commission and its commissioners have made quite few headlines recently, the latest stemming from FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel’s statement suggesting that the agency look at broadening its authority to regulate election-related Internet videos. Ravel’s statement stems from [...]

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Daily Media Links 10/27: How to Waste Money and Annoy Voters, Campaign finance officials aim to cure the paper-obsessed Senate through crowd-sourcing, algorithms, and more…

In the News The Courier-Journal: Outside groups manipulate Ky. voter impressions     By Joseph Gerth “If we want to get more disclosure from these groups, somebody of some prominence in the Democratic Party, maybe Alison Lundergan Grimes, has to come out and say, ‘This harassment of donors to these groups has to stop,’” Smith said. “The fear [...]

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