Category Archives: Congress

The Other Front: Reformers File FEC Rulemaking Petition On Independent Expenditure Reporting

The campaign finance reform community made their move last week to attack the political activities of the critics of President Obama and Congressional Democrats by filing a federal lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) regarding the disclosure requirements for electioneering … Continue reading

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“House Committee Aims To Step Up Election Oversight”

The Hill reports that the House Committee on Administration, the House committee with jurisdiction over the Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”), intends to hold oversight hearings on the two agencies in the coming months.  On deck … Continue reading

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“Boehner Tasks Team With Updating The House”

TechPresident reports on Speaker Boehner’s recent announcement of a bipartisan working group tasked with updating the U.S. House of Representatives’ technology in an effort to make its operations more transparent.  The announcement from Speaker Boehner’s office can be found here.

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“Social Media Not So Hot On The Hill”

Politico published this article discussing the social media campaigns by Members of Congress.

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Campaign Finance Reform Groups Pound the Table

There is an old saying in legal circles that if you have the facts on your side, argue the facts; if not, argue the law; if you have neither, pound your fist on the table.  Yesterday, a number of pro-regulation … Continue reading

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House Campaign Fundraising Chart

Roll Call published a useful fundraising chart showing the cash-on-hand numbers for Member campaign committees as of December 31, 2010.  The list contains Members who won election in 2010 with less than 55% of the vote or are considered vulnerable … Continue reading

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Presidential Campaign Public Financing Back And Forth

USA Today published a back and forth this morning on the merits of scrapping taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns.

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“Who Killed Public Financing?”

Eliza Carney of the National Journal examines the reasons for the Watergate campaign finance reform’s demise.

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“Bill Targets Public Funds For Presidential Elections”

The Wall Street Journal reports on the House vote as well.

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“U.S. House Votes To End Watergate-Era Campaign Finance System”

Businessweek’s take on the House vote to eliminate taxpayer financed presidential campaigns.

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“Democrats Struggle With Citizens United Ruling”

Eliza Carney of National Journal pulls the curtain back on the Democratic Party’s continuing internal debate about how to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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“Left, Right Gear Up For Campaign-Finance Clash Before 2012 Elections”

The Hill offers this report on the behind the scenes maneuvering of campaign finance reform groups and others on campaign finance legislation in the new Congress.  The reformers want to pass new campaign finance restrictions while House Republicans will hold … Continue reading

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“‘Speech Or Debate’ Clause Invoked In Investigations Of House Members”

The Washington Post examines the role played by the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause in recent investigations of House Members.

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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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ABA Panel Recommends Changes To Federal Lobbying Laws

An ABA Task Force on federal lobbying laws has published a report recommending sweeping changes.  The recommendations contained in the report include increased transparency regarding specific offices contacted by lobbyists, greater campaign finance restrictions, and enforcement of the federal lobbying laws … Continue reading

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