In the News: Powerline: Ed Corsi’s Life of Political Crime

By Scott Johnson The First Amendment protects the right of Americans to publish their political views against infringement by Congress. On this point the constitutional language is about as clear as language can be made. Yet the Supreme has hemmed and hawed and created purported exceptions that threaten to swallow the rule. Brad Smith brings us […]

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Daily Media Links 9/6: RGA, DGA spend big on Virginia governor’s race, NRSC replacing finance director, and more…

Disclosure Politico: RGA, DGA spend big on Virginia governor’s race By Alexander Burns The two national committees charged with winning gubernatorial elections have already spent more than $10 million in the Virginia gubernatorial race, according to publicly disclosed campaign finance documents.   With two months left in the campaign, the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic […]

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Daily Media Links 9/5: Unions dramatically increase super PAC donations, Political Speech and the IRS: Protecting the First Amendment, and more…

In the News CPI: Unions dramatically increase super PAC donations By Michael Beckel Union giving accounted for roughly $1 out of every $6 raised by all super PACs during the first half of 2013, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of federal campaign finance filings. By contrast, corporate super PAC donations held steady, totaling about $4 million […]

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In the News: CPI: Unions dramatically increase super PAC donations; Billionaires, businesses keeping low profile so far

By Michael Beckel Labor unions are increasingly flexing their muscles in the political arena through the use of super PACs — the organizations frequently funded by billionaire businessmen and often derided for unleashing a flood of special interest money into elections. … “Super PACs give unions an important new tool in elections,” said David Keating, president […]

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Daily Media Links 9/4: Looming fiscal fights threaten IRS probes, Big Labor, big spender, and more…

Independent Groups The Hill: Looming fiscal fights threaten IRS probes  By Bernie Becke    But Republicans have also made the IRS investigation a key part of their recent political message, at a time when the agency is trying to implement the Democratic healthcare law that conservatives are itching to defund. The controversy has also helped revive a Tea […]

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In the News: Syracuse Post-Standard: Manlius schedules hearing as officials consider repealing or changing campaign lawn sign rules

By Elizabeth Doran The town of Manlius is considering amending or repealing its law regarding political lawn signs and has scheduled a public hearing on the topic. The hearing is set for 7:05 p.m. Sept. 11 at Manlius Town Hall, 301 Brooklea Drive. The hearing is in response to a lawsuit filed in August by the […]

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Daily Media Links 9/3: Watertown man’s landscaping nightmare turns into First Amendment crusade, The Business of American Democracy: Citizens United, Independent Spending, and Elections, and more…

In the News Watertown Daily Times: Watertown man’s landscaping nightmare turns into First Amendment crusade  By DANIEL FLATLEY With certain exceptions, town zoning law requires a property owner to obtain a permit to put up a sign.   In saying no to Mr. Comenole’s large sign criticizing the contractor, officials said they are simply abiding by […]

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Dismissing Voters

In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg started up a chorus of that old familiar tune, “There’s Too Much Money in Politics.” Characterizing the Roberts court as “activist,” she expressed her dismay over the direction campaign finance law has trended in recent years. “You take the limits off and […]

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