Monthly Archives: April 2010

Democracy Is Strengthened By Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act (“DISCLOSE Act”)

Listed below are the two versions of the DISCLOSE Act (“Citizens United legislation”) and President Obama’s statement: Senate version – Senate DISCLOSE Act House version – House DISCLOSE Act UPDATE: Reactions to the DISCLOSE Act: President Obama David Bossie, Citizens United Center … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy Political Law News Update – Citizens United Legislation

The Democratic sponsors of the Citizens United legislation – otherwise known as the DISCLOSE Act -  announced the introduction of the legislation at a press conference held in front of the U.S. Supreme Court this morning.  Listed below are some … Continue reading

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Senate To Vote On Citizens United Legislation By July 4

The Hill reports that the Senate Democratic leadership has pledged to vote on the Citizens United legislation by July 4, 2010.

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FEC News – Open Meeting Today

The Federal Election Commission is holding an open meeting today at 10 am.  The agenda includes the draft advisory opinion for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, proposed interim enforcement policy for state volunteer mail, and final rules and explanation and … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Express Concerns About Facebook Features

Earlier this week, a group of lawmakers expressed privacy concerns about Facebook’s new features.  The lawmakers are asking Facebook to seek permission from users before sharing personal information with advertisers.  It also appears that the FTC may look at the … Continue reading

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Citizens United Legislation Today

Politico reports that Representative Chris Van Hollen has secured two Republican co-sponsors in the House, but Senator Charles Schumer has not convinced any Senate Republicans to sign on to the legislation.  The legislation will be unveiled at a press conference … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Two Alternative Drafts For National Democratic Redistricting Trust Advisory Opnion Request

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released two alternative draft  advisory opinions for advisory opinion request 2010-03 submitted by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust (“NDRT”).  NDRT submitted a request seeking confirmation that Congressional Democrats are permitted to raise soft money … Continue reading

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Unions Cautious About Citizens United Legislation

The Hill reports that the major unions are not prepared to endorse the Congressional Democrats’ legislation designed to chill corporate speech until they actually see the legislation.  Their concern is that the legislation will chill union speech as well.

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Citizens United Legislation May Be Introduced This Week

Politico published a memorandum circulated to Congressional Democratic aides about the Citizens United legislation that may be introduced next week. Contrary to the spin from the legislation’s supporters, onerous disclosure requirements designed to chill political speech are vulnerable under the … Continue reading

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Twitter, Facebook, Blogs As Online Advocacy Tools

The Washington Post examines the use of social media and blogs by public policy stakeholders as effective advocacy tools to deliver their messages.  The article also questions why some public relations executives who use their personal Twitter or Facebook profiles … Continue reading

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More On Citizens United Legislation

The Washington Post nicely summarizes the purpose of the Congressional Democrats’ Citizens United legislation: The proposal, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer(D-N.Y.), is aimed at blunting the effect of a Supreme Court ruling in January that permits … Continue reading

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Congressional Democrats Continue To Search For Republican Support For Citizens United Legislation

Roll Call reports that no Senate Republicans have signed on to the Congressional Democrats’ Citizens United legislation designed to chill corporate political speech.  We’ll see what happens next week.

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Citizens United Legislation Delayed Until Next Week

The Hill reports that the Citizens United legislation will be introduced next week.  And so we wait.

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Citizens United And Corporations

In anticipation of today’s release of the Congressional Democratic legislation designed to chill corporate political speech, Business Week reports that corporations are still reviewing the Citizens United decision and waiting to see how Congress and the FEC react to the … Continue reading

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Dem Citizen United Legislation To Be Introduced Thursday, Second Republican Signs On

Roll Call reports that Congressional Democrats have secured a second Republican to sign on to their Citizens United legislation designed to chill corporate speech.  The Republican lawmaker was not identified in the article, but his or her identity will become … Continue reading

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