The Hill: Sentimental ex-senators lament impact of Buckley, forget history (In the News)

Luke Wachob What happens when you ask two octogenarian ex-senators to explain how wonderful things used to be? A predictably nostalgic fairy tale that bears no resemblance to the past, has no relevant impact on present policy, and provides no guidance for the future. That’s the gist of a recent op-ed in The Hill by […]

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Daily Media Links 2/3: Bush Got Little Bang For His Buck in Iowa, Chisholm has no right to share illegally seized ‘evidence’, and more…

In the News The Hill: Sentimental ex-senators lament impact of Buckley, forget history Luke Wachob What happens when you ask two octogenarian ex-senators to explain how wonderful things used to be? A predictably nostalgic fairy tale that bears no resemblance to the past, has no relevant impact on present policy, and provides no guidance for […]

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Daily Media Links 2/2: Cruz wins Iowa GOP caucuses; Clinton appears to hold off Sanders, Wesleyan Media Project Sees Disconnect Between Election Ad Spending and Poll Results, and more…

Iowa Caucus Fox News: Cruz wins Iowa GOP caucuses; Clinton appears to hold off Sanders Early Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party said Clinton had been awarded 699.57 state delegate equivalents while Sanders had received 695.49 state delegate equivalents with one precinct outstanding. That precinct was worth 2.28 state delegate equivalents — not enough for Sanders […]

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Larry Lessig and the Barriers to Political Campaigning

“We’ve now created the green primary, where only the funders get to vote and they vote on who will have the money necessary to run their campaigns.” That’s how Harvard Professor-turned-political activist Larry Lessig describes politics today, drawing explicit comparisons to “white primaries” in the Jim Crow south that systematically disenfranchised African-American voters. Lessig formed […]

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Neutral Principles and Some Campaign Finance Problems

In this William and Mary Law Review article by John O. McGinnis, the author discusses both positive and normative objectives in regards to regulating matters of campaign finance. As a positive matter, the article shows that the Roberts Court’s campaign finance regulation jurisprudence can be best explained as a systematic effort to integrate that case law […]

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Wall Street Journal: That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election (In the News)

Bradley Smith Apparently oblivious to the failure of “big money” to dictate the race, the goo-goos—the good-government crowd—have cranked up the same theme they use every election year. “We must,” they say, “have campaign finance reform.” We must “get money out of politics.” The Supreme Court must reverse its 2010 decision in Citizens United and […]

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Daily Media Links 2/1: Clinton camp plans to roll out Washington Post’s anti-Sanders editorial, FEC Commissioner: U.S. Political System Only Benefits White Men, and more…

In the News Wall Street Journal: That’s Odd, ‘Big Money’ Isn’t Buying This Election Bradley Smith Apparently oblivious to the failure of “big money” to dictate the race, the goo-goos—the good-government crowd—have cranked up the same theme they use every election year. “We must,” they say, “have campaign finance reform.” We must “get money out […]

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