Farewell to Commissioner Toner

Michael Toner is resigning from the FEC, after completing his term as Chairman.  He brought tremendous energy to the job, and was a strong voice for common-sense regulations and internet freedom.  He will be missed. Click the headline for more.

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Two (brief) observations on the news

Journalists can say a lot in just a few words.  This is a blessing and a curse.  Sometimes journalistic conciseness distills the truth.  Other times, brevity obscures important issues. On Tuesday, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, respectively, provided examples of each. 

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A Fair Hearing for a Fair Hearing

FEC Chairman Michael Toner and Commissioner Ellen Weintraub have put forth a most modest proposal, a pilot program providing for a basic due process right that the Commission has heretofore ignored – the right of accused to appear in person, or through counsel, before the Commission.  Response to the Toner/Weintraub proposal has demonstrated once again the uncompromising extremism that now dominates the campaign finance reform community.  Are reformers really prepared to oppose even experimenting with basic due process?  Apparently so.

CCP Chairman, and former FEC Chairman Brad Smith takes a look at the FEC’s current procedures, the Toner/Weintraub pilot proposal, and the predictably reactionary initial response from the reform community. 

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Margaret Alexander Parker

CCP wishes to note the passing of Margaret Alexander Parker.  Over the last 25 years, Mrs. Parker raised hundred of millions of dollars for political candidates and shattered records for direct-mail, telemarketing, and major-donor fundraising.  In doing so, she helped fund the political speech that would persuade voters to elect presidents and members of Congress, as well as governors and countless other state officials.  Our condolences go out to her family.

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Ben Tillman: Forgotten Founding Father of “Reform”

The Tillman Act, the first federal campaign finance law, turns 100 next year.  The anticipation is already buildingFor years, reformers have eagerly cloaked their endeavours in the mantle of Teddy Roosevelt and – for the erudite – Elihu Root.  But Ben Tillman – well, Ben Tillman is one they’d like to forget.  In a soon-to-be forthcoming post, we’ll talk a bit about the continued viability of the Tillman Act.  But first, if for no other reason than because we enjoy a less theoretical post on Friday, let’s take a quick look at Ben Tillman, the Founding Father of "Reform" that today’s self-styled reformers prefer to forget.  Click on the headline for more.

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