Category Archives: Elections

House GOP May Subpoena Obama Administration Over Draft Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Disclose Political Donations

Politico reports on the escalating battle over the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political donations.  A hearing by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is scheduled for this Thursday.

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Reform Lobbyists, Democrats Ramp Up Disclosure Battles

The National Journal reports on the various efforts by pro-regulation groups to impose draconian disclosure requirements on political opponents.  The bottom line – the 2012 disclosure wars have begun in earnest.

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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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“Will Obama Throw A Grenade To Blow Up Hidden Campaign Donations?”

The Atlantic published this oped on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose political donations.

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“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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More On Disclosure Lawsuit Against The FEC

Politico: Federal Election Commission Sued To Disclose Anonymous Donors Washington Post: House Democrat Van Hollen Files Challenge To FEC Rules On Campaign Spending Roll Call: Van Hollen Sues FEC For More Disclosure Hotline On Call: Van Hollen Sues FEC Over … Continue reading

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FEC Sued By Reformers Seeking Greater Disclosure of Donors

Two campaign finance reform groups are representing a Democratic Member of Congress in a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).  The lawsuit is an Administrative Procedures Act challenge – not a constitutional challenge – to the electioneering communications … Continue reading

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Obama Administration’s Draft Executive Order Designed To Silence Critics Draws Forceful Response

Washington Post – 2Chambers Blog: McConnell Slams Executive Order To Allow White House To Demand Political Records Before Awarding Contracts Center for Competitive Politics:  Obama May Try to Ram Failed DISCLOSE Act Down Nation’s Throat Pajamas Media – Hans von Spakovsky … Continue reading

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“Twitter, Facebook And YouTube Now Crucial to Presidential Campaigns”

The Los Angeles Times published this report on the use of social media by presidential campaigns.

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“FEC Launches Audit Of Obama’s 2008 Campaign”

Roll Call ($) reports that the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) has initiated an audit of the President’s 2008 campaign. FEC Audits are suppose to be confidential until the auditors are prepared to present their draft Final Audit Report to the … Continue reading

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“New Groups Form To Raise Millions For Democrats”

The Caucus blog at the New York Times is the latest to discuss the Democratic soft money network being organized in advance of the 2012 elections.

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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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“Digital Technology Helps Create Platform for Political ‘Pamphlets'”

Technology continues to lower the barriers to political participation.  Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal ($).

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“2012 Presidential Form 2 Filers”

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) has published a page listing each individual who has filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) for the 2012 presidential election.  While the media reports that the presidential campaign is slow to start because the potential … Continue reading

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“Goodbye To Federal Funding For 2012 Candidates”

The Houston Chronicle published this AP story discussing the expected demise of the taxpayer-funded presidential campaigns in the 2012 election.

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