Author Archives: William McGinley

United States Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits in McCutcheon v. FEC

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court struck down the aggregate contribution limits that apply to individuals on constitutional grounds in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.    The opinion can be found here and the link to the FEC litigation page … Continue reading

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United States Supreme Court Issues Voting Rights Act Decision

The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County, Ala. v. Holder, holding that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (“VRA”) is unconstitutional. Listed below are the key paragraphs explaining the Court’s decision. Striking down an Act … Continue reading

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President Announces Two Nominations For FEC

POLITICO reports that the President has nominated Ann Ravel, a Democrat who chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission, and Lee Goodman, a Republican election lawyer, to the Federal Election Commission.

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FEC General Counsel Leaving The FEC, Returning To Private Practice

Anthony Herman, General Counsel to the Federal Election Commission, has resigned and will be returning to private practice.  We wish him well and good luck with his future endeavors.

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IRS IG Report Released And Other Developments In The IRS Scandal

Election Law Blog has posted a copy of the report here.  The report is fairly limited in scope compared to the revelations that have been made in the press this week.  The report, however, is worth a read since it raises … Continue reading

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“Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into IRS Audits”

The New York Times report on the criminal investigation into the IRS scandal.

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“Holder Discloses IRS Criminal Probe”

The Wall Street Journal just published an article discussing Attorney General Eric Holder’s disclosure that the Department of Justice has launched a criminal probe into the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

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IRS Scandal’s Next Question: Who Received The Information From The Conservative Groups?

The mounting problems facing the IRS continued to expand on Monday.  News outlets disclosed that IRS employees and officials outside of the Cincinnati office sent inappropriate requests for information to conservative nonprofit groups and that high-level IRS officials were apparently … Continue reading

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IRS Scandal UPDATE: DOJ And FBI Launch Criminal Probe

The Washington Post is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed during a press conference today that he has ordered the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.  This represents a … Continue reading

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IRS Targets Conservative Groups

The disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups was disclosed last Friday afternoon in the form of an apology by an IRS official in response to a question during a panel discussion at a lawyers conference.  Since … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance Panel Discusses The Future Of The FEC

On April 30, 2013, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”) and the George Washington University Law School Political Law Studies Initiative (“PLSI”) co-sponsored a panel discussion featuring leading campaign experts entitled “The Future of the FEC.”  The discussion was … Continue reading

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OCE Rules And The Need For Reform

Apologies for not posting for a while.  Here is a link to my recent Politico op-ed discussing the need to reform the Office of Congressional Ethics (“OCE”) rules to provide greater transparency for subjects and to provide them with a … Continue reading

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Disclosure Case Discussion on FEC’s Agenda for Today’s Open Meeting

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is scheduled to hold an open meeting today at 10 am.  The agenda can be found here.   The Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the federal court’s order in Van Hollen v. FEC and the regulated community’s reporting requirements … Continue reading

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Appellate Court Decision in Van Hollen v. FEC Disclosure Litigation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today overturning a lower court holding that invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulations governing the disclosure of of donors by groups sponsoring electioneering communications in Van Hollen v. FEC.  The lower … Continue reading

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“Twitter Becomes A Key Real-Time Tool For Campaigns”

The Washington Post published an interesting article concerning the role Twitter plays in campaigns and grassroots lobbying.

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