Category Archives: Party Committees

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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“Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge To Party Spending”

Politico reports on today’s news from the United States Supreme Court.  The Court declined to hear the Republican National Committee’s constitutional challenge to the coordinated expenditure spending limits – the money the national party committee may spend on behalf of … Continue reading

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“Search Ads Help Parties Capitalize On Protests”

Politico also published this article about the online advertising campaigns by political parties seeking to capitalize on the protests in Wisconsin.

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“Democrats Join The Battle”

Eliza Carney of the National Journal published this article discussing the Democratic party’s efforts to build up its soft money network in advance of the 2012 elections.

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FEC Brief Urges Supreme Court To Deny Review Of Party Coordinated Expenditure Case

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article about the brief filed on behalf of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) urging the United States Supreme Court to deny the cert petition filed by the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and former … Continue reading

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FEC Releases New Contribution Limits for 2011/2012 Election Cycle

The Federal Election Commission chart listing the new limits can be found here.

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“Party Committees Burdened With Debt Heading Into 2012″

The New York Times Caucus Blog reports on the debts carried by the Democratic and Republican national party committees from the 2010 midterm elections.

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New Study Finds Role Of Outside Groups In 2010 Election Overstated

Politico published an article discussing a new study from the Wesleyan Media Project concluding that the media and campaign finance reformer claims that outside group spending broke all records in the 2010 election may have been overstated. Despite the heightened … Continue reading

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RNC Set To Elect New Chairman Tomorrow

The members of the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) will gather tomorrow at National Harbor to elect the party’s chairman for the 2012 election cycle.  Currently, the candidates are engaged in the one of the last truly retail-politics elections left in … Continue reading

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“2010 Battle Over Citizens United Ruling Still Unresolved As 2012 Campaign Looms”

BNA Money & Politics Reports published an article this morning that lays out the campaign finance reformer view of the campaign finance legislative and regulatory landscape.  The article discusses one campaign finance reformer’s belief that reform community may have an … Continue reading

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“DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Inherits Money Mess”

Politico reports on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s money woes in the wake of the 2010 election cycle.

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Is Another Campaign Finance Battle Brewing Over Party Committee Coordinated Expenditure Limits?

The Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and its fellow plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in their constitutional challenge to the statutory limits on coordinated expenditures by political party committees in Cao v. FEC.  The … Continue reading

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House Democrats’ Closed Door Meetings As A Teaching Moment About The FEC Coordination Rules

Politico published an interesting article this morning providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at strategy sessions by House Democrats exploring ways to mitigate the conservative third party group advertising advantage.  The article discloses that twice in the past week, rank-and-file House Democrats … Continue reading

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Fair Elections Now Act To Prohibit Joint Fundraising Committees Between Federal Candidates and PACs or Party Committees

Section 104 of H.R. 6116, the Fair Election Now Act, apparently seeks to prohibit federal candidates from establishing joint fundraising committees with federal political action committees or political party committees.  The legislative language does not appear to prohibit federal candidates … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Draft A For State Party Recount Fund Advisory Opinion Request

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released Draft A responding to an advisory opinion request by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the Minnesota Democratic state party) seeking permission to use excess recount funds raised for the 2008 election recount and contest in … Continue reading

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