Category Archives: Elections

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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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 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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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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“Outside Groups Plan To Focus On Air War, Ground Game In 2012 Election Fight”

Interesting report from the Washington Post.

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“Rules of the Game: Super PACs Multiply, Head To Hill”

Eliza Carney remains concerned about Super PACs and their role in the 2012 election.

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“Ex-McCain Lawyer: Barack Obama ‘Mugged’ John McCain in 2008″

Politico provides further evidence that the pro-regulation community is losing patience with Obama administration.

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FEC Data Update

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) made some substantial improvements to its website.  Among the improvements are lists from the Press Shop on various topics such as each individual who filed a statement of candidacy for President of the United States, … Continue reading

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Lobbyists For Obama – The First Soft Money Ads Of The 2012 Presidential Election Are Sponsored By A Lobbyist Organization

It appears that the Democratic soft money group that fired the first shots in the 2012 presidential election is a Super PAC established or controlled by lobbyists.  I am not sure I have seen this reported anywhere.  The Priorities USA Action FEC … Continue reading

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FEC Presidential Filings

A bit of presidential filing data courtesy of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).   As of today, there are seven individuals who have filed a presidential exploratory committee with the FEC, and 129 who have filed their Statement of Candidacy for … Continue reading

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Democrats Continue Their Love, Hate Relationship With Soft Money

Roll Call ($) reports on the urgent efforts by Democratic political operatives to raise soft money for their family of outside groups that will support Democratic candidates, including the President’s reelection campaign, in 2012.  This new found love for soft … Continue reading

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“White House Backs Down After Subpoena Threat From Rep. Issa”

The Hill reports that the White House will send an official to testify at tomorrow’s joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.  Tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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“Hoyer Opposes Obama’s Political Contribution Disclosure Plan”

The Hill reports on a fracture in the Democratic ranks over the President’s controversial draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.

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