Daily Media Links 12/18: Leave the Internet Alone, The Elizabeth Warren Right, CRomnibus Pays Off for Parties, and more…

In the News CPI: New FEC chief on ‘dark money’ mission   By Dave Levinthal “I expect [Ravel] to use her bully pulpit to advance issues she cares about,” Goodman said. “That’s fine. We’ll debate respectfully and enthusiastically. I’m not expecting things to fall apart.” Brad Smith, a former FEC chairman who now leads pro-campaign deregulation group Center […]

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AFJ, CCP and ACLU Letter: Concerns regarding investigation into the interactions between the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Protection Agency

Read full letter here. December 18, 2014 The Honorable Darrel Issa Chairman U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform 2157 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C., 20515 The Honorable David Vitter Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works 456 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C., 20510 Dear Rep. Issa and […]

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Constitution Daily: Constitution Check: How much secrecy does the First Amendment give to political donors? (In the News)

By Lyle Denniston This year, however, the attorney general of California has been moving energetically to force politically active groups that have tax-exempt status under that state’s laws to disclose to the state government the list of donors that they have filed with the IRS.  State officials promise not to publicly disclose those lists, but they would use them […]

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Daily Media Links 12/17: Every Election Is the Most Expensive Election. Or Not., Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats, and more…

In the News Constitution Daily: Constitution Check: How much secrecy does the First Amendment give to political donors?  By Lyle Denniston This year, however, the attorney general of California has been moving energetically to force politically active groups that have tax-exempt status under that state’s laws to disclose to the state government the list of donors that […]

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Recommendations to Massachusetts Campaign Finance Task Force on Internet Ad Disclaimers and Election Cycle Contribution Limits

December 17, 2014 Mr. Michael Sullivan Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance John W. McCormack Building One Ashburton Place, Room 411 Boston, MA 02108 Download here… Re:      Recommendations to Massachusetts Campaign Finance Task Force on Internet Ad Disclaimers and Election Cycle Contribution Limits Dear Director Sullivan and members of the Campaign Finance Task Force: […]

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Regulatory Notice 14-50, Comment on Proposal to Establish a “Pay-to-Play” Rule (Proposed Rules 2271, 2390, and 4580)

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Daily Media Links 12/16: The Tea Party Is Wrong About The Cromnibus Campaign Finance Rider, Illinois should dump campaign donation limits, and more…

CCP Fact versus Narrative  By Luke Wachob We were pleased to see The New York Times recently acknowledge that campaign spending in the 2014 election cycle declined from spending in the previous midterm – the 2010 election cycle. It’s an important fact that challenges the dominant narrative of money growing ever larger and more pervasive in American democracy and invites us to think […]

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Independence Institute v. FEC: Motion for Summary Reversal and Response to Motion for Summary Affirmation

Independence Institute v. FEC: Motion for Summary Reversal and Response to Motion for Summary Affirmation    Introduction Appellant Independence Institute hereby responds to the Federal Election Commission’s (“FEC” or “Commission”) Motion for Summary Affirmance. Additionally, Appellant moves for summary reversal of the district court’s ruling and an order convening a three-judge district court pursuant to […]

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Fact versus Narrative

We were pleased to see The New York Times recently acknowledge that campaign spending in the 2014 election cycle declined from spending in the previous midterm – the 2010 election cycle. It’s an important fact that challenges the dominant narrative of money growing ever larger and more pervasive in American democracy and invites us to […]

Filed Under: Blog, Money in Politics, Media Matters for America, The New York Times

Breitbart: California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group’s Donor Addresses (In the News)

By Chriss W. Street Conservatives were shocked at the demand and suspicious that Attorney General Harris intended to engage in the type of alleged unethical action by IRS manager Lois Lerner, who may have used the IRS to retaliate against Tea Party members.  Americans for Prosperity complained that they had registered every year in California since 2001 and had […]

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