Monthly Archives: September 2010

Campaign Finance – FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s weekly digest for the week of September 20 to 24, 2010, is now available.

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DISCLOSE Act Fails Again

The DISCLOSE Act failed for the second time to receive the 60 votes necessary for cloture in the Senate.  Here are some links to articles discussing today’s developments: Politico, Campaign finance bill fails again Washington Post, Senate Democrats again fail to … Continue reading

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Senate DISCLOSE Act Today

With anticipation building that the Senate will vote on the DISCLOSE Act, here is a list of articles on the subject: BNA Money & Politics Report, Schumer willing to alter DISCLOSE Act; no sign seen of break in GOP filibuster … Continue reading

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House Democrats’ Closed Door Meetings As A Teaching Moment About The FEC Coordination Rules

Politico published an interesting article this morning providing a rare behind-the-scenes look at strategy sessions by House Democrats exploring ways to mitigate the conservative third party group advertising advantage.  The article discloses that twice in the past week, rank-and-file House Democrats … Continue reading

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Senate DISCLOSE Act Vote Scheduled for Thursday

Politico reports that Senate Democrats have scheduled another vote on the DISCLOSE Act for this Thursday.  Apparently, news of the vote was announced on Twitter.  According to the article, the vote will not occur tomorrow while the Senate is in … Continue reading

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President Complains About Independent Political Speech in Weekly Address

The President used his weekly address to complain about the independent expenditures and issue advocacy advertisements criticizing his policies and the Democratic Majorities in Congress.  The ads are sponsored by a number of conservative groups and trade associations.  He focused … Continue reading

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Fair Elections Now Act To Prohibit Joint Fundraising Committees Between Federal Candidates and PACs or Party Committees

Section 104 of H.R. 6116, the Fair Election Now Act, apparently seeks to prohibit federal candidates from establishing joint fundraising committees with federal political action committees or political party committees.  The legislative language does not appear to prohibit federal candidates … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Draft A For State Party Recount Fund Advisory Opinion Request

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just released Draft A responding to an advisory opinion request by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the Minnesota Democratic state party) seeking permission to use excess recount funds raised for the 2008 election recount and contest in … Continue reading

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CCP Releases Poll Debunking Campaign Finance Myths

The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) released a poll today questioning respondents about campaign finance topics such as disclosure and Citizens United.  The press release can be found here, including a link to the questions used in the poll.  The … Continue reading

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CHA Schedules Hearing On Public Financing of Congressional Elections

The Committee on House Administration (“CHA”) just released a notice for a September 23, 2010 meeting to mark up the Fair Elections Now Act, a legislative proposal to use federal taxpayer dollars to fund congressional elections. In these times of soaring federal … Continue reading

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FEC Releases Final Coordination Rules

The Federal Election Commission just released the final version of the coordinated communications rules that apply to outside groups. The rules become effective December 1, 2010.  The scope of the coordinated communications rules were expanded in this rulemaking to cover communications … Continue reading

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Independent Spending By Conservative Groups Increases

The New York Times reports on the increase in independent spending by conservative groups in the 2010 election cycle.  The reform community decries the spending as an attempt to “buy the election.”  However, what they fail to acknowledge is that … Continue reading

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Senate Democrats May Bring DISCLOSE Act Up For Another Vote

The Hill reports that Senate Democrats may bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor for another vote.  Apparently, the legislation will contain only the byzantine reporting requirements that are designed to chill independent political speech.

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Federal Court Upholds Party Coordinated Limits in Cao v. FEC

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision Friday upholding the coordinated party limits in Cao v. FEC.  The Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Louisiana, and Congressman Cao challenged the party coordinated limits on constitutional grounds.   The Federal … Continue reading

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Campaign Finance – FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of September 6-10, 2010 is now available.

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