Category Archives: Obama Administration

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

Posted in Litigation, Obama Administration, Redistricting, U.S. Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Congress, FEC, Obama Administration, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Investigations, Litigation, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics, Website | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Justice Dept. Opens Inquiry Into IRS Audits”

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Investigations, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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.

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Investigations, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Elections, Investigations, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Investigations, Litigation, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Disclosure, Elections, Investigations, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Elections, FEC, Obama Administration, Politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“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.

Posted in Campaign Finance, Campaigns, Elections, FEC, Legislation, Obama Administration, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Disclosure, Elections, FEC, Lobbying, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Corporations, Elections, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Corporations, Disclosure, Elections, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics, Trade Associations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

House Plans Hearings On President’s Draft Disclosure Executive Order

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Committee on Small Business have scheduled a joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose their political contributions as part of the contracting process.

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Corporations, Disclosure, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics, Trade Associations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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.

Posted in Campaign Finance, Congress, Corporations, Disclosure, Elections, Obama Administration, Outside Groups, Politics, Trade Associations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment