Monthly Archives: January 2010

FEC May Reopen Coordination Rulemaking Comment Period

The Federal Election Commission just issued a press release indicating that the comment period for the coordinated communication rulemaking may be reopened.  From the release: At the open meeting of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) today, Chairman Matthew S. Petersen … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Proposes New Lobbying Disclosure Amendments

The Hill published an article discussing the President’s proposed changes to the lobbying disclosure requirements contained in his State of the Union speech before Congress and in a talking points memorandum distributed by the White House to pro-regulation groups.  According to the … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

Today’s news summary looks at two issues – the SpeechNow.org v. FECcase and Justice Samuel Alito’s reaction to the President’s statements about the Citizens United v. FEC decision in his State of the Union speech before Congress last night. SpeechNow.org … Continue reading

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SpeechNow.org v. FEC Arguments Today

The Center for Competitive Politics issued a press release reminding folks that the SpeechNow.org v. FEC case is scheduled for arguments today before the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  This is one of the cases to … Continue reading

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Democrats Plan Legislative Response To Citizens United

And so it begins - the Democrats begin preparations for a legislative response to U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Citizens United v. FEC.  The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee has scheduled a hearing for February 2, 2010 to discuss the issue.  The … Continue reading

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U.S. Senators May Establish Facebook Pages

Do not know how I missed this one - Roll Call ($) reports that the Senate Rules and Administration Committee has granted Senators permission to establish official Facebook Pages.  Facebook Pages will be a useful tool for Senators to keep constituents informed … Continue reading

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What About The Unions?

The press reports that the Democrats are huddling to design a strategy to protect their incumbents in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision. Politico reports that the White House held meetings with the leaders of … Continue reading

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FEC Coordination Rulemaking Update

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) posted the comments it received in response to the coordinated communications notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”), the next fault line for the campaign finance community.  The federal courts recently reaffirmed the First Amendment protections for … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

Today’s political law news summary centers on the release of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Wall Street Journal on the decision. Wall Street Journal on the impact of the decision and what to expect. CQ Politics … Continue reading

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FEC Issues Statement On Citizens United Decision

The statement can be found here.

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Citizens United v. FEC – Initial Thoughts

Score one for the First Amendment.  Today, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed our national commitment to free speech.  In sum, more speech is better than less speech.  The electorate and constituents are better off with more information rather than … Continue reading

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Citizens United Opinion Released

More to come. UPDATE:  A copy of the Citizens United opinion can be found here.

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Express Advocacy – Political Law News Summary

The news summary this morning centers on the U.S. Supreme Court’s special session scheduled for 10 am.   It is anticipated that the Citizens United v. FEC opinion will be released this morning.  Here are a few articles: New York … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Announces Special Session – Citizens United?

Via SCOTUS Blog, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a special session scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10 am.  Apparently this is an unusual move by the Court – your guess is as good as mine as to whether the Citizens … Continue reading

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FEC Coordination Rulemaking Update

Comments were due yesterday for the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) on coordinated communications.  I will post a link to the comments as soon as they are published on the FEC website. The regulatory line between what … Continue reading

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