Tag Archives: Elections

IRS Targets Conservative Groups

The disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted conservative groups was disclosed last Friday afternoon in the form of an apology by an IRS official in response to a question during a panel discussion at a lawyers conference.  Since … Continue reading

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Disclosure Case Discussion on FEC’s Agenda for Today’s Open Meeting

The Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) is scheduled to hold an open meeting today at 10 am.  The agenda can be found here.   The Commissioners are scheduled to discuss the federal court’s order in Van Hollen v. FEC and the regulated community’s reporting requirements … Continue reading

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Appellate Court Decision in Van Hollen v. FEC Disclosure Litigation

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion today overturning a lower court holding that invalidated the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC”) regulations governing the disclosure of of donors by groups sponsoring electioneering communications in Van Hollen v. FEC.  The lower … Continue reading

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“Outside Groups Plan To Focus On Air War, Ground Game In 2012 Election Fight”

Interesting report from the Washington Post.

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“Rules of the Game: Super PACs Multiply, Head To Hill”

Eliza Carney remains concerned about Super PACs and their role in the 2012 election.

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“Ex-McCain Lawyer: Barack Obama ‘Mugged’ John McCain in 2008″

Politico provides further evidence that the pro-regulation community is losing patience with Obama administration.

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Lobbyists For Obama – The First Soft Money Ads Of The 2012 Presidential Election Are Sponsored By A Lobbyist Organization

It appears that the Democratic soft money group that fired the first shots in the 2012 presidential election is a Super PAC established or controlled by lobbyists.  I am not sure I have seen this reported anywhere.  The Priorities USA Action FEC … Continue reading

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FEC Presidential Filings

A bit of presidential filing data courtesy of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”).   As of today, there are seven individuals who have filed a presidential exploratory committee with the FEC, and 129 who have filed their Statement of Candidacy for … Continue reading

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Democrats Continue Their Love, Hate Relationship With Soft Money

Roll Call ($) reports on the urgent efforts by Democratic political operatives to raise soft money for their family of outside groups that will support Democratic candidates, including the President’s reelection campaign, in 2012.  This new found love for soft … Continue reading

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“White House Backs Down After Subpoena Threat From Rep. Issa”

The Hill reports that the White House will send an official to testify at tomorrow’s joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.  Tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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House Plans Hearings On President’s Draft Disclosure Executive Order

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Committee on Small Business have scheduled a joint hearing on the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose their political contributions as part of the contracting process.

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“Hoyer Opposes Obama’s Political Contribution Disclosure Plan”

The Hill reports on a fracture in the Democratic ranks over the President’s controversial draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political contributions as part of the federal government contracting process.

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House GOP May Subpoena Obama Administration Over Draft Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors To Disclose Political Donations

Politico reports on the escalating battle over the President’s draft executive order requiring federal government contractors to disclose political donations.  A hearing by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee is scheduled for this Thursday.

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Reform Lobbyists, Democrats Ramp Up Disclosure Battles

The National Journal reports on the various efforts by pro-regulation groups to impose draconian disclosure requirements on political opponents.  The bottom line – the 2012 disclosure wars have begun in earnest.

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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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