Welcome to Campaign Finance Blog, formerly known as Express Advocacy. The reason for the change is simple. The primary purpose of this blog is to discuss federal campaign finance developments and topics and the new name now reflects this focus. The blog will continue to discuss other topics, however, such as lobbying disclosure, congressional and executive branch ethics, redistricting, election recounts and contests, and other political and election law issues.
2010 was a monumental year for federal campaign finance law. Beginning with the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision, the reformer and Congressional Democratic reaction to the decision by pushing the DISCLOSE Act, and the Federal Election Commission’s interpretation of the decision through the advisory opinion process, 2010 will be remembered as a year when the First Amendment rights of individuals and their organizations to engage in independent political speech were restored.
2011 has the potential to be a significant year as well. The crippling effects of McCain-Feingold on political party committees and disclosure issues are some of the topics Campaign Finance Blog will focus on this year.
Since Election Day, I have been reviewing the blog and its content and intend to make further changes to the website. I will keep you updated as I continue to explore ways to improve Campaign Finance Blog. Thank you for your support.