Wisconsin Wall Street Journal: Secret Prosecution Games: A prosecutor and newspaper are upset about our editorials. Editorial We’ve reported on sealed documents because they’re news, and because secrecy has been central to John Doe abuses. In a typical grand jury, prosecutors are supposed to be muzzled but witnesses and targets can defend themselves in public. In Wisconsin’s […]
By Bob Bauer The FEC last week approved a Proposed Petition for Rulemaking that seeks agency action in various ways to clarify and strengthen public disclosure requirements and expand, as authorized by Congress, the Administrative Fines Program. The attorneys filing the Petition represent varied and bi-partisan professional backgrounds and experiences. Their point overall is that, while there are obviously major differences […]
By Theo Anderson Conservatives have noted the tactic’s power and potential, and they are sounding the alarm. In a 2011 report on “Activist Investing in Post-Citizens United America,” the right-wing Center for Competitive Politics warns that shareholder activists “see for-profit corporations as their political enemy, and seek partisan or ideological advantage by squelching corporate political speech.” In 2013, the […]
By Matt Nese and Annette Meeks The irony would be funny if it weren’t so frightening. A Minnesota Senate committee that refuses to hear public testimony is considering a bill that would massively expand the state’s regulation of political speech — under the guise of improving transparency. This measure, Senate File 214, would require any group that simply […]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Prosecutor alerts justices to secrecy violation in John Doe (In the News)
By Jason Stein Prosecutor Fran Schmitz made the allegation in a sealed letter to the court Thursday and also referenced the allegation in an open cover letter that was released by the court’s clerk for the first time Friday. Schmitz doesn’t name the violation in the open letter or speculate on the leaker’s identity, but he made the […]
By Paul C. Barton But von Spakovsky said the idea that contributors to a 501(c)(4) can later pull the strings of a winning candidate “is the kind of anecdotal claim for which [progressives] have no proof.” Most winning candidates, he said, will have no idea who contributed to a 501(c)(4) that might have supported them. “I think there […]
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