Daily Media Links 8/23: 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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Daily Media Links 8/22: Democrat Seeks Tea-Party Support in Campaign Finance Lawsuit, Van Hollen to join lawsuit against IRS, and more…

Independent Groups   National Journal: Democrat Seeks Tea-Party Support in Campaign Finance Lawsuit  By Patrick Reis The Maryland Democrat  announced Wednesday that he is suing the agency, as well as the Treasury Department, to demand a change in the way they evaluate nonprofits that proclaim themselves to be “social-welfare” organizations. The IRS currently allows such organizations—a class […]

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In the News: NCSL: Follow the Money, but How Far?

By Julie Lays …Brad Smith from the Center for Competitive Politics. He took issue with the common perception that the ruling was wrong and that legislators should look for other ways to limit the influence of money on political campaigns. Since the ruling, about half the states have strengthened their disclosure laws, according to NCSL’s […]

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Daily Media Links 8/21: Follow the Money, but How Far?, The Interest in Speech about Politics v. the Interest in Political Speech, and more…

In the News   NCSL: Follow the Money, but How Far?  By Julie Lays …Brad Smith from the Center for Competitive Politics. He took issue with the common perception that the ruling was wrong and that legislators should look for other ways to limit the influence of money on political campaigns. Since the ruling, about half the […]

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Daily Media Links 8/20: Did the IRS Ever Stop Targeting, Former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano seeks to avoid ethics fee, and more…

In the News   John Bachelor Show: IRS Tales: Bradley Smith Listen…   Independent Groups   Wall Street Journal: Did the IRS Ever Stop Targeting?  By Angela Hunt The Internal Revenue Service still isn’t processing tea party applications for tax-exempt status, according to an IRS agent recently interviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee.   Read […]

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Daily Media Links 8/19: Dick Durbin doesn’t understand who is serving whom, There Is a Big Difference Between Secrecy and Privacy, and more…

CCP   Dick Durbin doesn’t understand who is serving whom  By Brad Smith Now, here at CCP, we’ve long said that the purpose of disclosure is to allow citizens to monitor government, not to allow government to monitor citizens. We recognize that in practice this distinction can dissolve. For example, if we demand to know who gave […]

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Daily Media Links 8/16: Symposium: McCutcheon v. FEC and the fork in the road, ALEC Strikes Back, and more…

In the News   SCOTUS Blog: Symposium: McCutcheon v. FEC and the fork in the road  By CCP Academic Advisor Joel Gora Shaun McCutcheon is a well-to-do businessman from Alabama and a staunch believer in and supporter of the Republican Party and its candidates and causes. So much so that he would like to contribute […]

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Dick Durbin doesn’t understand who is serving whom

Senator Dick Durbin (D. Ill.) appears to have stepped in it big time with his attempt to intimidate donors to ALEC, a bipartisan organization of state legislators with a conservative bent (which makes its members predominantly Republican). Some folks will remember that Democrats first went after ALEC in 2011 and 2012, accusing it of racism […]

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Daily Media Links 8/15: Issa broadens IRS probe with request for personal emails, Santorum accused of illegally steering $1 million donation to super PAC, and more…

Independent Groups   The Hill: Issa broadens IRS probe with request for personal emails  By Peter Schroeder    The House Oversight Committee is demanding that the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the Tea Party targeting probe turn over any emails from her personal account she might have used to conduct official business. In a letter […]

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In the News: National Review Online: Permits for Political Speech?

By Katrina Trinko David Rubin wants to be able to put political signs in his yard. Yard signs have long been a staple of political campaigns, local, state, or federal. But in the upstate New York town of Manlius, residents can’t put up signs without a permit, and can’t have them up more than thirty […]

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