Three lessons from the McCutcheon argument.

Oral argument has a tendency to clarify things. It’s often the only opportunity the litigants and judges have to publicly discuss a case and point out which parts they find particularly important. This is especially true of cases like McCutcheon which, despite overarching themes of free speech and democracy, are grounded in our nation’s complex […]

Filed Under: Blog, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, McCutcheon v. FEC Other Links, campaign finance, Contribution limits, McCutcheon v FEC, Supreme Court

The Biennial Limit: Good for Incumbents, Bad for the First Amendment

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments October 8 on a campaign contribution limits case known as McCutcheon v. FEC. The Court will review the constitutionality of the biennial limit law that sets a cap on the total aggregate amount that an individual may donate to candidates, parties and political committees. If Congress wants to […]

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Appeals Court Acquits Tom DeLay

This morning a Texas Appeals Court acquitted former Congressman Tom DeLay of charges of “judgments convicting him of the offenses of money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more and conspiracy to commit money laundering of funds of $100,000 or more.” The Court concluded that “The fundamental problem with the State’s case was its failure […]

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In the News: Washington Examiner: Sen. Dick Durbin’s Senate hearing aims to suppress ALEC donors

Washington Examiner: Sen. Dick Durbin’s Senate hearing aims to suppress ALEC donors  By David Keating …To recipients of a letter Durbin sent to about 300 groups in connection with his hearing, the intimidating message was clear: Stop supporting the American Legislative Council (ALEC), a bipartisan group of conservative-leaning state legislators. Because ALEC once supported stand-your-ground […]

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CCP’s Response to Sen. Durbin’s Request for Information

PDF version of our response is located at this link. PDF of letter is located at this link. September 16, 2013 The Honorable Richard J. Durbin Chairman Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary 224 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510   Dear Senator Durbin: On […]

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IRS Targeted Groups For ‘Additional Review’ Based on Ideology

Here is my reaction to today’s Associated Press article that the “the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.” The IRS needs to come clean – what did they know and when did they know it?  Why has […]

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Media Watch: Unethical attack by CREW’s Melanie Sloan

Melanie Sloan today took an unethical shot at Federal Election Commissioner Donald McGahn, writing in Politico that he “has boasted, ‘I’m not enforcing the law as Congress passed it. … I plead guilty as charged.’ Yet enforcement of our campaign finance laws is critical to instilling confidence in the integrity of public officials and federal […]

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Media Watch: “When Regulators are Mocked”

That was the headline on a recent New York Times editorial.  Another misinformed one.  I sent a letter to the editor trying to correct it.  Here’s the text: Your editorial misled readers about campaign finance law (“When Election Regulators Are Mocked,” page SR10, April 14) and incorrectly implied that Crossroads GPS disobeyed disclosure rules. In […]

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FEC Stoops to a New Low, or a Mountain out of a Molehill?

The Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan recently charged that the FEC stooped “to a new low” because the agency failed to hound a mysterious robocaller who allegedly spoke to voters without a disclaimer and perhaps failed to report the spending in an uncompetitive Republican Party primary. Ryan based these charges on Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s four […]

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Federal Court Strikes Down Three Montana “Clean” Election Laws

United States District Court for the District of Montana Judge Charles Lovell yesterday struck down three state laws that violated First Amendment rights to political speech: a ban on corporate donations to independent expenditure PACs; a political-civil libel statute; and a vote reporting disclaimer requirement. “This ruling is a solid win for the First Amendment,” […]

Filed Under: Blog, Completed Case, Featured Content, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Western Tradition Partnership v. Bullock Other Links, corporate contributions, free speech, Montana, District Of Columbia, Montana

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.