Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Other Front: Reformers File FEC Rulemaking Petition On Independent Expenditure Reporting

The campaign finance reform community made their move last week to attack the political activities of the critics of President Obama and Congressional Democrats by filing a federal lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) regarding the disclosure requirements for electioneering … Continue reading

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“Will Obama Throw A Grenade To Blow Up Hidden Campaign Donations?”

The Atlantic published this oped on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose political donations.

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“The White House Wants A List”

The Wall Street Journal ($) offers this editorial on the draft White House executive order requiring companies seeking federal contracts to disclose political contributions.

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More On Disclosure Lawsuit Against The FEC

Politico: Federal Election Commission Sued To Disclose Anonymous Donors Washington Post: House Democrat Van Hollen Files Challenge To FEC Rules On Campaign Spending Roll Call: Van Hollen Sues FEC For More Disclosure Hotline On Call: Van Hollen Sues FEC Over … Continue reading

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FEC Sued By Reformers Seeking Greater Disclosure of Donors

Two campaign finance reform groups are representing a Democratic Member of Congress in a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).  The lawsuit is an Administrative Procedures Act challenge – not a constitutional challenge - to the electioneering communications … Continue reading

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Obama Administration’s Draft Executive Order Designed To Silence Critics Draws Forceful Response

Washington Post – 2Chambers Blog: McConnell Slams Executive Order To Allow White House To Demand Political Records Before Awarding Contracts Center for Competitive Politics:  Obama May Try to Ram Failed DISCLOSE Act Down Nation’s Throat Pajamas Media – Hans von Spakovsky … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Considers Policy Designed To Silence Critics

Politico just published an article, Obama Administration Considers Move To Limit Anonymous Donations, discussing the latest moves by the Administration, Congressional Democrats and their soft money allies to silence the President’s critics in the business community. According to the article, … Continue reading

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FEC News Update

The Federal Election Commission’s Weekly Digest for the week of April 11-15, 2011, is available here.

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“Candidates Vie To Star In ‘The Social Network,’ 2012 Edition”

The National Journal reports on how presidential campaigns are embracing social media to drive their messages.

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“Twitter, Facebook And YouTube Now Crucial to Presidential Campaigns”

The Los Angeles Times published this report on the use of social media by presidential campaigns.

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“FEC Launches Audit Of Obama’s 2008 Campaign”

Roll Call ($) reports that the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) has initiated an audit of the President’s 2008 campaign. FEC Audits are suppose to be confidential until the auditors are prepared to present their draft Final Audit Report to the … Continue reading

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FEC Readies Interactive 2012 Presidential Map

The FEC Disclosure Data Blog reports that the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) website will soon include an interactive 2012 Presidential Map that will permit visitors to search specific data points, including a contributor look up feature.  The 2008 Presidential Map is … Continue reading

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“House Committee Aims To Step Up Election Oversight”

The Hill reports that the House Committee on Administration, the House committee with jurisdiction over the Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”), intends to hold oversight hearings on the two agencies in the coming months.  On deck … Continue reading

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“New Groups Form To Raise Millions For Democrats”

The Caucus blog at the New York Times is the latest to discuss the Democratic soft money network being organized in advance of the 2012 elections.

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“Concern Lingers As FEC Delays New Rules”

Reid Wilson of National Journal publishes his latest on the campaign finance landscape.

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