Monthly Archives: August 2009

Citizens United Update: Can Books Can Be Banned?

The New York Times published an interesting article this weekend updating the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case.  The article can be found here.   The article discusses the beliefs and actions of one pro-regulation activist, who apparently believes that … Continue reading

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Leaving Facebook?

The New York Times published an article profiling a group of people who have left Facebook and discussed the reasons for their departures.  The article can be found here.

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Connecticut’s Public Campaign Finance Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that Connecticut’s public campaign finance law is unconstitutional.  The Associated Press article on the ruling can be found here.

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RNC v. FEC Update

The federal court will hear arguments today in Republican National Committee v. Federal Election Commission.  The RNC is challenging McCain-Feingold’s national party committee soft money ban on constitutional grounds.  The FEC’s summary of the case and related case documents can … Continue reading

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FEC: Campaign May Pay Certain Staff Legal Bills

The Associated Press reports that the Federal Election Commission just approved an advisory opinion allowing the use of campaign funds by a Congressman to pay certain legal fees incurred by current and former staff members in connection with a criminal investigation.  The … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy Preview

One of the topics I intend to discuss on this website is the definition of “express advocacy” under the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) regulations and relevant case law.  A communication contains express advocacy if it advocates the election or defeat … Continue reading

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Who Tweets?

New York Times reports on the demographic makeup of Twitter’s users with some surprising conclusions.  The article can be found here.

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The Battle for Twitter: Liberals Strike Back

techPresident reports that liberal on-line activists recently launched a campaign to increase their presence on Twitter.  The techPresident post can be found here.  These activists intend to use Twitter to reinforce the liberal infrastructure and improve their earned media and … Continue reading

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Sentiment Analysis

The New York Times published an interesting story on an emerging field known as sentiment analysis.  The article can be found here.  Apparently, sentiment analysis translates human emotion into data.  Practitioners use the opinion data to advise their clients regarding … Continue reading

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Organizing for America and the Health Care Debate

Interesting Washington Post article discussing Organizing for America (“OFA”), a project of the Democratic National Committee comprised of Obama campaign operatives, and its activities in the health care debate.  The article can be found here. According to the article, OFA inherited … Continue reading

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Meet the “Reform” Community’s Latest Member

Roll Call ($) profiles Daniel Weeks, president of Americans for Campaign Reform.

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Battle for Twitter

CNN published an interesting article about the battle on-line between conservatives and liberals.  Apparently, liberals dominate the blogosphere, while conservatives are more active on Twitter.

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Slang and the Internet

Interesting New York Times article (sub. req.) regarding slang and the internet.

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Facebook Data

techPresident posted some interesting data concerning the number of Facebook supporters associated with prominent Democratic and Republican leaders.

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Twitter: New Location Feature Coming Soon

Twitter announced on its blog that a location feature will soon be added to tweets.  This feature will enable users to identify other individuals by geographic area.  Users will need to activate the feature by choice and Twitter states that … Continue reading

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