Latest Amendments to the Election Lawyer Full-Employment Act

Bob Bauer has some excellent thoughts on Rep. Shays newest "reform" proposal (reported in the Boston Globe), which would give candidates a veto over uncoordinated party advertising on their behalf.  As Bauer makes clear, this proposal is just the latest example of how "reform" is used by incumbents to ensure that political dialogue occurs on their terms.

The Boston Globe article that prompted Bauer’s post also offers a curiously self-contradictory quote from the president of Democracy 21, Fred Wertheimer.

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We have no authority, but we’ll get them anyway (Part II B)

The FEC really wants to regulate independent 527s.

In Part I, we noted that the FEC is expanding its defintion of expenditure by rewriting express advocacy.

In Part II A, we noted that the FEC is also expanding its definition of contribution.

In Part II B, we note that the FEC expands its definition of contribution via an expansive reading of a court opinion.  Is this approach sound?

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Testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith to the Committee on the Judiciary

Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a March 1, 2007 hearing of the Committee on the Judiciary on the topic of S.1, the Senate Approach to Lobbying Reform.

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Disclosure Costs: Unintended Consequences of Campaign Finance Reform

Raymond J

A prominent feature of campaign finance regulation is mandatory disclosure of contributions and the personal information of contributors. This regulation is in effect for both candidate elections and ballot issue elections. Although disclosure is heralded by its proponents as a necessary measure to prevent corruption, in actuality it generates privacy concerns for individuals wishing to express their First Amendment rights. By means of a six state public opinion survey, the authors highlight the widespread lack of public awareness regarding the real effects of disclosure and the resultant opinions of these citizens who realize what disclosure really means for their own privacy. To remedy this problem, the authors present a voluntary disclosure system.

Filed Under: Disclosure, Disclosure, Research, Disclosure, Disclosure, Disclosure, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington

Congressional Testimony: Grassroots Lobbying Disclosure

CCP Chairman Brad Smith’s testimony on grassroots lobbying disclosure, delivered March 1, 2007 before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

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