Category Archives: Labor Unions

“The White House Wants A List”

The Wall Street Journal ($) offers this editorial on the draft White House executive order requiring companies seeking federal contracts to disclose political contributions.

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Obama Administration Considers Policy Designed To Silence Critics

Politico just published an article, Obama Administration Considers Move To Limit Anonymous Donations, discussing the latest moves by the Administration, Congressional Democrats and their soft money allies to silence the President’s critics in the business community. According to the article, … Continue reading

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“Adapting To Campaign Finance Rulings, Democrats Build Big-Spending Network”

And so it begins.  The Washington Post reports on the network of soft money organizations being established by the Democrats in preparation for the 2012 election cycle.  Most organizations will have a component to accept undisclosed soft money from wealthy … Continue reading

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“FEC Still Hasn’t Issued New Campaign Spending Rules”

The Washington Post offers this report on the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) failure to update its regulations more than one year after the United States Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision.  The time has come for the FEC to … Continue reading

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Dems Launch Super PAC

Politicoreports that a group of veteran Democratic operatives have established a super PAC along with a nonprofit that will accept donations from individuals who and organizations that do not want to be disclosed.  Could this mark the beginning of the … Continue reading

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FEC Posts Two Alternate Draft Citizens United Rulemakings

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just posted two alternate draft Citizens United rulemakings.  One draft is 143 pages long, the other is 91 pages (located at the bottom of the open meeting agenda).  Both drafts cover a broad range of topics from internal corporate communications … Continue reading

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White House, Democrats And Their Soft Money Allies Continue Smear Campaign Despite No Evidence

CBS News reports that the White House, Congressional Democrats and their soft money allies are continuing their smear campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce despite the fact that senior White House officials admitted over the weekend that there is … Continue reading

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White House Admits No Evidence To Support Allegations Against U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The New York Times published a must-read article today deconstructing the coordinated smear campaign by the White House, Congressional Democrats, and their soft-money, pro-regulation allies alleging that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce used funds from foreign sources to finance its … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act Fails Again

The DISCLOSE Act failed for the second time to receive the 60 votes necessary for cloture in the Senate.  Here are some links to articles discussing today’s developments: Politico, Campaign finance bill fails again Washington Post, Senate Democrats again fail to … Continue reading

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Senate DISCLOSE Act Today

With anticipation building that the Senate will vote on the DISCLOSE Act, here is a list of articles on the subject: BNA Money & Politics Report, Schumer willing to alter DISCLOSE Act; no sign seen of break in GOP filibuster … 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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Senate DISCLOSE Act Vote Scheduled for Thursday

Politico reports that Senate Democrats have scheduled another vote on the DISCLOSE Act for this Thursday.  Apparently, news of the vote was announced on Twitter.  According to the article, the vote will not occur tomorrow while the Senate is in … Continue reading

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President Complains About Independent Political Speech in Weekly Address

The President used his weekly address to complain about the independent expenditures and issue advocacy advertisements criticizing his policies and the Democratic Majorities in Congress.  The ads are sponsored by a number of conservative groups and trade associations.  He focused … Continue reading

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CCP Releases Poll Debunking Campaign Finance Myths

The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) released a poll today questioning respondents about campaign finance topics such as disclosure and Citizens United.  The press release can be found here, including a link to the questions used in the poll.  The … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Final Coordination Rules

The Federal Election Commission just released the final version of the coordinated communications rules that apply to outside groups. The rules become effective December 1, 2010.  The scope of the coordinated communications rules were expanded in this rulemaking to cover communications … Continue reading

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