Monthly Archives: January 2011

FEC News Update – Audit Reports On Agenda For Thursday’s FEC Open Meeting

The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to hold an open meeting this Thursday, February 3, 2011, at 10 am.  The draft agenda for the meeting can be found here.

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“Koch Meeting Draws Protests”

Politico reports on the left-leaning, corporate sponsored protests in California designed to chill the First Amendment rights of organizations and individuals attending a conservative conference.  When conservatives gather to discuss policies and politics, the left feels the need to protest … Continue reading

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“Who Killed Public Financing?”

Eliza Carney of the National Journal examines the reasons for the Watergate campaign finance reform’s demise.

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of January 24-28, 2011 is available here.

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“Bill Targets Public Funds For Presidential Elections”

The Wall Street Journal reports on the House vote as well.

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“U.S. House Votes To End Watergate-Era Campaign Finance System”

Businessweek’s take on the House vote to eliminate taxpayer financed presidential campaigns.

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“House Votes To End Publicly Financed Presidential Campaigns”

The Hill reports on the vote to eliminate taxpayer funding of presidential campaigns that just occurred in the House of Representatives.  The bill, H.R. 359,  passed 239-160.

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of January 17-21, 2011 is available here.

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“Democrats Struggle With Citizens United Ruling”

Eliza Carney of National Journal pulls the curtain back on the Democratic Party’s continuing internal debate about how to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

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“Left, Right Gear Up For Campaign-Finance Clash Before 2012 Elections”

The Hill offers this report on the behind the scenes maneuvering of campaign finance reform groups and others on campaign finance legislation in the new Congress.  The reformers want to pass new campaign finance restrictions while House Republicans will hold … Continue reading

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FEC Deadlocks On Citizens United Rulemakings

The Federal Election Commission considered two alternate Citizens United rulemakings at today’s open meeting and both failed achieve the four votes necessary to proceed.  This is not a surprise. A statement from the Republican Commissioners about today’s meeting can be … Continue reading

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Is The FEC Press Exemption At Risk?

Politico and other press entities are reporting on an enforcement matter against conservative radio show host Sean Hannity that was just released by the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).  A New York Democratic Party official filed the complaint against Hannity and … Continue reading

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FEC Likely To Deadlock On Citizens United Rulemaking

BNA Money & Politics Report published an article this morning discussing the Citizens United rulemaking and interviews with Federal Election Commission Chair Cynthia Bauerly and Vice Chair Caroline Hunter.  The bottom line — it appears that there is no consensus on … Continue reading

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FEC Posts Two Alternate Draft Citizens United Rulemakings

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) just posted two alternate draft Citizens United rulemakings.  One draft is 143 pages long, the other is 91 pages (located at the bottom of the open meeting agenda).  Both drafts cover a broad range of topics from internal corporate communications … Continue reading

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A Little Back And Forth On Disclosure

Bloomberg Businessweek posted a back and forth on the issue of whether it is sound public policy to  require outside groups to disclose their donors.

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