By David Keating Of course, President Obama failed to note that Australia’s campaign finance laws make the court’s ruling in Citizens United look timid by comparison. Australia allows unlimited donations to candidates and parties, and donations from corporations or even foreigners are allowed. Here, such donations are banned for federal candidates. Australians can claim a tax deduction of $1,166 for donations […]
CSG v. Gessler: Plaintiff-Appellee’s Answer Brief (10th Circuit) Download PDF here.
Missouri House Bill 188: A Grave Threat to Nonprofits’ Speech The Center for Competitive Politics writes to comment on several very serious constitutional and practical problems raised by a vaguely written provision in House Bill 188 that attempts to regulate nonprofit organizations as “committees,” should they satisfy certain requirements related to their activities and expenditures. […]
Secretary of State’s Answering Brief (CO Supreme Court) Download PDF here.
By Luke Wachob The president is likely correct that more active and attentive voters would make it even harder than it currently is for politicians to betray their constituents’ interests in favor of the positions of financial supporters. Academic research shows that campaign contributions are less predictive of how politicians vote on bills than other factors (“Indicators of party, ideology, […]
By Chris Good Candidates want to post the biggest fundraising totals they can, especially early in a campaign, in order to appear strong, impress donors and prove they’re viable. For that reason, it makes sense to wait until the beginning of a quarter to start raising money. “I’d expect a lot of them to announce in early […]