Monthly Archives: September 2009

Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting story regarding the political giving trends of lobbyists and PACs. The Hill has an interesting article about a deal set to take effect that gives foreign governments more say concerning how the internet … Continue reading

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Emily’s List Decision Impacting SpeechNow.org?

The latest filing by the Federal Election Commission in the SpeechNow.org case acknowledges that the Federal Appeals Court decision in the Emily’s List case adversely affects their quest to preserve contribution limits to independent expenditure groups.  SpeechNow.og is mounting a … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Hill reports on the Capitol Hill preparations for the H1N1 virus. Politico reports that the Secret Service is investigating a repugnant poll that was circulated on Facebook. The New York Times has an interesting article on the results of … Continue reading

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FEC Issues Black Rock Group Advisory Opinion

The Federal Election Commission issued the Black Rock Group advisory opinion today.  The opinion provides that Black Rock Group may provide political consulting services to a limited liability company (“LLC”) sponsoring independent expenditures without triggering political committee status.  It also … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

Center for Competitive Politics’ Brad Smith has a thoughtful post discussing why he believes the Federal Election Commission should not, and ultimately will not, vote to seek a rehearing en banc before the full Court of Appeals or file a … Continue reading

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Should The Federal Government Have The Authority To Shut Down The Internet During An Emergency?

The Associated Press published an article discussing the various bills and proposals addressing whether the federal government should have the authority to shut down the internet during an emergency.  The article can be found here.

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Washington Post has a story on leadership PACs, political committees established by federal officeholders and candidates to raise money to support other candidates. The New York Times published a story this morning on the partisan divisions at the Federal … Continue reading

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Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital

Politico reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg was released from the hospital today.  The Politico article can be found here.

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Washington Post reports that Democrats are concerned about the decline in fundraising by their national party committees. The Washington Times published an article discussing how political parties and candidates handle contributions from scandal-tainted sources. The New York Times reports … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized

The Associated Press is reporting that Justice Ginsburg has been taken to the hospital after taking ill in her office at the Court.  The article can be found here.

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FEC Chairman Walther Releases Statement on the Emily’s List Case

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released a Statement from Chairman Steven Walther on Emily’s List v. FEC.  Here is the statement from the FEC’s website: At an open meeting of the Federal Election Commission today, Chairman Steven T. Walther … Continue reading

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FEC Broadens Disclosure of Litigation Documents, Amends Probable Cause Hearing Procedures

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just announced that it will broaden the disclosure of litigation documents and filings on its website, and has amended its probable cause hearing procedures to allow Commissioners to question attorneys from the Office of the General Counsel.  The … Continue reading

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Federal Election Commission and CREW File Friend of the Court Briefs in Ninth Circuit Straw Donor Case

Law.com reports that the Federal Election Commission and CREW have filed friend of the court briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the prosecutors’ position that current law prohibits giving another person money … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – News Summary

The Hill reports on ACORN’s multiplying troubles. Roll Call ($) on the political parties redistricting efforts. Politico reports on ACORN fighting back. The Washington Times on the latest ACORN developments. The New York Times on ACORN suing the conservative filmmakers. … Continue reading

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ACORN Claims It Cut Ties With the IRS, Files Lawsuit Against Filmakers

The Hill is now reporting that ACORN claims it terminated the relationship with the IRS days ago.  The Hill’s Blog originally reported that the IRS terminated the relationship.  This will not be the last story on this issue.  The Hill’s article … Continue reading

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