Monthly Archives: March 2010

FEC Seeks Comments On Alternate Draft Policies for State Party Volunteer Materials

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just announced that it is seeking comments from the regulated community regarding alternate draft policies on the state party volunteer materials exemption.  Comments are due no later than 5 p.m. on April 13, 2010.  The … Continue reading

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After Health Care, Campaign Finance Becomes Legislative Priority

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article about the new legislative push to enact campaign finance reform legislation now that the health care legislation has passed.  The new legislation is being pushed by Congressional Democrats who fear that the … Continue reading

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RNC v. FEC – Federal Court Upholds National Party Committee Soft Money Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its opinion in Republican National Committee v. Federal Election Commission.  The Court upheld McCain-Feingold’s soft money ban for national party committees.   The Associated Press reports that RNC Chairman Michael … Continue reading

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SpeechNow.org v. FEC – Federal Court Strikes Contribution Limits To Independent Expenditure Groups

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its opinion this morning in SpeechNow.org v. FEC.  The court held that the contribution limits applicable to committees engaging solely in independent expenditures violate the First Amendment, but upheld the … Continue reading

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Solicitor General Defends FEC’s Alternate Definition Of Express Advocacy In Filing With The United States Supreme Court

BNA Money & Politics Reports published an article discussing the Solicitor General’s filing opposing Real Truth About Obama, Inc.’s (“RTAO”) petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in Real Truth About Obama, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission.  According … Continue reading

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Citizens United – States Changing Laws To Comply With Decision

The Washington Post published a piece discussing the actions taken by a number of states to comply with the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

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House and Senate Candidate Fundraising Totals For 2009

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) disclosed that House and Senate candidates raised approximately $600 million in 2009.  According to the press release: Congressional campaign receipts totaled $597.5 million from January 1 through December 31, 2009, the first calendar year of the … Continue reading

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Republicans And Democrats Ready Redistricting Groups

The Washington Post published an article discussing the activities of Democratic and Republican groups focusing on state based operations in anticipation of the upcoming redistricting battles.

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Web Video vs. TV

The New York Times published an article discussing the use of web video to supplement, not replace, television advertising campaigns.  One PR executive interviewed in the article states, “there’s a synergy and not a cannibalization.”

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How Washington Receives Information

National Journal published the results of a study examining how Capitol Hill and DC insiders receive their information.  The study, Washington in the Information Age, chronicles the decline of print media and the rise of on-line media as the vehicle … Continue reading

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White House Discusses Transparecy Initiatives

The National Journal published a post discussing comments made by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, about the administration’s transparency initiatives during a panel discussion on the topic.

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National Democratic Redistricting Trust – FEC Advisory Opinion Request Update

Two pro-regulation groups, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, filed a joint comment on the National Democratic Redistricting Trust’s (“Trust”) advisory opinion request with the Federal Election Commission.  The groups argue in their joint comment that Democratic federal officeholders … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of March 15-19 is now available.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

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Pro-Regulation Groups Continue Their War Against Local Party Committees

The National Journal published an article about the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) hearing today regarding the rules governing federal candidates’ participation in state and local party committee fundraisers.  The title of the article mischaracterizes the hearing as an opportunity to … Continue reading

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