Luke Wachob

Roll Call: Politics Needs Privacy (In the News)

By Luke Wachob What the White House understood then that must be remembered now is that injecting information about companies’ political associations into the contracting process makes politics more corrupt, not less. Assembling a database of companies’ political spending is counterproductive if you want government contracts to go to the most deserving bidder rather than the most loyal donor. […]

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Washington Examiner: McCutcheon one year later: A ringing endorsement for the First Amendment (In the News)

By Luke Wachob When the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. FEC 12 months ago, First Amendment advocates celebrated a victory while supporters of greater campaign finance regulation predicted doom, gloom and the death of democracy itself. One year and one election later, we have some evidence to evaluate these perspectives. So far, it’s good news for the First Amendment. McCutcheon’s […]

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Daily Caller: Fixing Politics By Force Won’t Work (In the News)

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, […]

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Sacramento Bee: Another View: Rules on campaign cash limit speech (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Prior to super PACs and the Citizens United decision, individuals could already spend unlimited amounts trying to influence your vote. How do everyday citizens respond? By working together and pooling their resources. In other words, by joining political parties, or forming and supporting political action committees. Without these organizations, politicians need only answer to […]

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Forbes: More Political Spending Leads To Better Representation (In the News)

By Luke Wachob In fact, the candidates that stand to benefit most in the long run from the rulings are not the best fundraisers, but rather political outsiders who lack connections to traditional sources of support like the business community or party leadership. Why? Because one of the major effects of campaign spending is to boost something incumbents […]

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The Hill: Bringing political parties up to speed (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Our democracy is being flooded – with bad punditry. When news broke before the holidays that Congressional leaders had struck a deal to increase the amount of money political parties can raise from donors for specific purposes, a tidal wave of cynical and short-sighted commentary crashed down upon an unsuspecting nation. Longtime advocate of […]

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Washington Examiner: Campaign finance rules miss the forest for the trees (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Discussions of campaign finance regulation usually bring to mind images of smoke-filled rooms and wealthy donors — the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson on the Right, and Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and George Soros on the Left. They never seem to include people like Diana Hsieh. Hsieh is a Colorado resident with a Ph.D. She […]

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Washington Examiner: Flag-desecration and First Amendment hypocrisy in the US Senate (In the News)

By Luke Wachob Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., explained her opposition to the flag desecration amendment by saying, “I cannot support an Amendment to the United States Constitution which would, for the first time in our nation’s history, narrow the reach of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech.” Where once there was humility, now there is hubris. Senators […]

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Washington Examiner: Federal court rulings prompt wave of states hiking campaign contribution limits (In the News)

By Luke Wachob The reaction in state legislatures demonstrates how litigation can leverage a legislative response. The court rulings in Citizens United and SpeechNow.org boosted First Amendment political speech freedoms, and now states are expanding them even further.   Even with these liberalized limits, many states continue to impose low contribution limits. Thirteen states limit contributions from […]

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