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“Boehner Tasks Team With Updating The House”

TechPresident reports on Speaker Boehner’s recent announcement of a bipartisan working group tasked with updating the U.S. House of Representatives’ technology in an effort to make its operations more transparent.  The announcement from Speaker Boehner’s office can be found here.

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“Social Media Not So Hot On The Hill”

Politico published this article discussing the social media campaigns by Members of Congress.

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Campaign Finance Reform Groups Pound the Table

There is an old saying in legal circles that if you have the facts on your side, argue the facts; if not, argue the law; if you have neither, pound your fist on the table.  Yesterday, a number of pro-regulation … Continue reading

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FEC Brief Urges Supreme Court To Deny Review Of Party Coordinated Expenditure Case

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article about the brief filed on behalf of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) urging the United States Supreme Court to deny the cert petition filed by the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and former … Continue reading

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FEC Releases New Contribution Limits for 2011/2012 Election Cycle

The Federal Election Commission chart listing the new limits can be found here.

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House Campaign Fundraising Chart

Roll Call published a useful fundraising chart showing the cash-on-hand numbers for Member campaign committees as of December 31, 2010.  The list contains Members who won election in 2010 with less than 55% of the vote or are considered vulnerable … Continue reading

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Presidential Campaign Public Financing Back And Forth

USA Today published a back and forth this morning on the merits of scrapping taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns.

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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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“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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“‘Speech Or Debate’ Clause Invoked In Investigations Of House Members”

The Washington Post examines the role played by the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause in recent investigations of House Members.

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ABA Panel Recommends Changes To Federal Lobbying Laws

An ABA Task Force on federal lobbying laws has published a report recommending sweeping changes.  The recommendations contained in the report include increased transparency regarding specific offices contacted by lobbyists, greater campaign finance restrictions, and enforcement of the federal lobbying laws … Continue reading

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DC Political Activities Cancelled Out Of Respect For Arizona Tragedy Victims

The Hill reports that fundraisers and other political events in the nation’s capitol have been cancelled out of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Arizona, including Congresswoman Giffords.  According to the article: Members of Congress called an abrupt … Continue reading

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“2010 Battle Over Citizens United Ruling Still Unresolved As 2012 Campaign Looms”

BNA Money & Politics Reports published an article this morning that lays out the campaign finance reformer view of the campaign finance legislative and regulatory landscape.  The article discusses one campaign finance reformer’s belief that reform community may have an … Continue reading

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Federal Court To Hear Challenge To Foreign National Contribution Ban

The Blog of the Legal Times (“BLT”) reports that a federal court will hear a constitutional challenge the ban on foreign national campaign contributions.  The plaintiffs are two foreign nationals who want to make campaign contributions in American elections.   Urbina … Continue reading

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