Monthly Archives: May 2010

Express Advocacy – FEC News Update

The June 2010 edition of the FEC Record Newsletter is now available.

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BREAKING: House Rules Committee Postpones DISCLOSE Act Hearing

The Committee on Rules postponed its DISCLOSE Act hearing scheduled for this afternoon without providing any explanation.  It now appears that the House will not consider the legislation before it adjourns for the Memorial Day recess.  Please check back for … Continue reading

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House Democrats Claim To Have Votes To Pass DISCLOSE ACT

The Hill reports that House Democrats claim to have the votes to pass the DISCLOSE Act, but it remains an open question whether Senate Democrats have the votes.  House Democrats intend to bring the legislation to floor for a vote this … Continue reading

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Express Advocacy – DISCLOSE Act Update

The Hill reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has stepped up its opposition to the DISCLOSE Act because the legislation is designed to “give unions the upper hand in the coming midterm elections.” Roll Call’s article on the Chamber’s … Continue reading

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FEC Travel Rules

Aviation Week published an article discussing the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) revisions to the travel rules for federal candidates.  The FEC revised the travel rules a while back after Congress passed the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.  It’s interesting to … Continue reading

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Profiles In Courage

The Hill published another interesting article about vulnerable Democratic incumbents taking a principled, courageous stand in favor of the DISCLOSE Act.  Perhaps this principled stand is actually based on partisan political posturing.  After all, the DISCLOSE Act is designed to … Continue reading

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The True Purpose Of The DISCLOSE Act Exposed

You cannot make this stuff up.  Here is Exhibit A concerning how the DISCLOSE Act is designed to chill corporate speech and protect the labor unions so that they can spend their general treasury funds on behalf of Congressional Democrats.  … Continue reading

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NRSC Outraises DSCC In April

CQ Politics reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (“NRSC”) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (“DSCC”) released their April fundraising data. The NRSC raised $4.4 million in April and ended the month with $17 million cash-on-hand. The DSCC raised $3.1 … Continue reading

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Congress Hearts The iPad

Politico reports that Members of Congress are eager to receive their iPad in an effort to streamline their operations.  We also may see Members using the iPad on the House floor in the near future.  According to the article: Just months after … Continue reading

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The Internet Is Still At Risk Under The Revised DISCLOSE Act

The revised DISCLOSE Act (“RDA”) has been released and, according to press reports, this version of the bill will protect the internet from regulation.  The Committee on House Administration (“CHA”) is scheduled to mark up the legislation this afternoon.  The … Continue reading

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Will The Revised DISCLOSE Act Protect The Internet?

The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) published a post this morning asking whether the Committee on House Administration (“CHA”) will correct the numerous drafting mistakes in the DISCLOSE Act at its mark up scheduled for this afternoon.  Specifically, CCP explores whether the … Continue reading

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DISCLOSE Act’s Uncertain Path Forward

Roll Call ($) reports that divisions exist within the House Democratic Caucus concerning the path forward on the DISCLOSE Act in light of stiff opposition from both sides of the ideological spectrum and the legislation’s vague language which will result in … Continue reading

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Government Agencies Using Social Media

Mashable published an interesting post discussing the various ways government agencies use social media to interact with the public and gather information about events such as natural disasters.  According to the post: While many government agencies still tend to employ … Continue reading

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Update – DISCLOSE Act’s Internet Issue

The Daily Caller reports that Congressional Democrats intend to amend the DISCLOSE Act to exclude political bloggers and internet activity from regulation.  The current version of the legislation regulates blogs and internet activities as “independent expenditures” and “covered communications” under … Continue reading

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Former FEC Commissioners On The DISCLOSE Act

Eight former Republican FEC Commissioners published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning criticizing the DISCLOSE Act.

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