Daily Media Links 8/30: IRS official who scrutinized conservative groups facing harassment, attorney says, Secretive super PAC may be breaking federal law, and more…

Disclosure Washington Post: IRS official who scrutinized conservative groups facing harassment, attorney says By Juliet Eilperin The official, Holly Paz, has been on administrative leave since June in connection with the controversy over how the IRS scrutinized conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Paz was involved in subjecting some tea party groups to scrutiny and helped conduct an internal review of […]

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Daily Media Links 8/29: Cutting the price tag off free speech, de Blasio’s Woes, and more…

In the News Washington Times: Cutting the price tag off free speech By Eric Wang Why this disparity in the law’s regulation of political speech? The answer lies in the campaign finance laws, which exempt media corporations from most of the rules that apply to everyone else’s political activities. Instead of imposing more restraints on the media, however, or […]

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In the News: Watertown Daily Times: Watertown man’s landscaping nightmare turns into First Amendment crusade

By Daniel Flatley “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign,” marks the refrain of popular 1970 protest song criticizing society for restricting the freedom of expression of “long-haired freaky people,” aka “hippies.” Forty-three years later, a self-described old hippie is fighting the town of Watertown for the right to erect his own large sign on the front lawn […]

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In the News: Washington Times: Cutting the price tag off free speech

Washington Times: Cutting the price tag off free speech By Eric Wang Why this disparity in the law’s regulation of political speech? The answer lies in the campaign finance laws, which exempt media corporations from most of the rules that apply to everyone else’s political activities. Instead of imposing more restraints on the media, however, […]

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Daily Media Links 8/28: Anger at IRS Powers Tea-Party Comeback, Coachella Valley home to political heavyweights, and more…

Independent Groups Wall Street Journal: Anger at IRS Powers Tea-Party Comeback  By Monica Langley “I kept telling everyone—including the big donors who wouldn’t give to us without our nonprofit status—that the IRS appeared to be targeting tea-party groups,” Mrs. Martin says. “But no one believed us.” An IRS spokesman says federal law “prohibits the IRS from discussing specific […]

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de Blasio’s Woes

Bill de Blasio has never been shy regarding his views on money in politics.  Using his pulpit as New York City Public Advocate, de Blasio advanced an agenda of silencing corporate speech and tracking his opponents’ political activity. After all his talk about creating burdensome new regulations on political activity, as a NYC mayoral candidate, de Blasio […]

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Daily Media Links 8/27: Court Is ‘One of Most Activist,’ Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay, Different Realms of Disclosure, and more…

SCOTUS/Judiciary NY Times: Court Is ‘One of Most Activist,’ Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of the […]

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Daily Media Links 8/26: Transparency at F.E.C., Campaign Finance and the Cost of Doing Business, and more…

FEC NY Times: Transparency at F.E.C.   By Donald F. McGahn II I am not seeking to “sabotage” the Federal Election Commission through “partisan cunning.” Rather, I have proposed an enforcement manual that ensures that F.E.C. commissioners, and not staff members, make the decisions at the commission. Congress decided this long ago, as the law requires bipartisan commissioner support before […]

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Daily Media Links 8/25: Clear distortions, Durbin’s intimidation tactics, and more…

In the News Bangor Daily News (LTE): Clear distortions By Luke Wachob Sam Jenkins’ Aug. 10 BDN letter to the editor “Clean Distortions,” stated that under Maine’s Clean Elections program, the number of women legislators has increased 150 percent. If true, this claim would be a striking piece of evidence that privately funded campaigns have seriously sexist effects and that […]

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In the News: Bangor Daily News (LTE): Clear distortions

Bangor Daily News (LTE): Clear distortions By Luke Wachob Sam Jenkins’ Aug. 10 BDN letter to the editor “Clean Distortions,” stated that under Maine’s Clean Elections program, the number of women legislators has increased 150 percent. If true, this claim would be a striking piece of evidence that privately funded campaigns have seriously sexist effects […]

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