What the Supreme Court Has Already Said About McCutcheon v. FEC
As we await a decision from the Supreme Court in the McCutcheon v. FEC money in politics case, the Justices themselves heard from a protester who rose in the courtroom to proclaim that “money is not speech, corporations are not people” and to urge the Court to “overturn Citizens United.”
Why is Bob Bauer Distorting our Position on IRS Rules?
In a March 5 entry in his “More Soft Money, Hard Law” blog, Bob Bauer distorted and then criticized the Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) position in the ongoing IRS rulemaking regarding “candidate-related political activity” by tax-exempt organizations. CLC filed its IRS comments jointly with Democracy 21, Public Citizen, and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). While CLC respects the right of anyone to criticize our legal and policy positions, such criticism should be based on our actual views, not on straw man distortions of our positions.
Video: Meredith McGehee on the Impact of McCutcheon v FEC on Business Executives
Any day now, the Supreme Court will decide whether to throw out the overall limits on how much any one person can contribute to federal candidates, PACs, and political parties. This decision could have a big impact on business executives and they might not be too happy about it.
Important Coordination Ruling Out of Minnesota
At its meeting this morning, the Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board approved the “coordination” advisory opinion that the Campaign Legal Center supported in comments filed yesterday. This could well be the first jurisdiction in the country that has taken the legally sound common-sense position that a candidate’s fundraising for an outside group constitutes coordination with the group. The question posed in this Advisory Opinion was whether a candidate could raise unlimited individual and corporate funds for a Super PAC that would then spend the funds to support that candidate.
Do Misleading Campaign Websites Violate Federal Law?
Controversy is swirling around a number of websites that have been set up by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in recent months. The websites have URLs and headlines that imply support for named Democratic candidates for Congress. The websites also have prominent “donate” buttons. But in less prominent text, the websites indicate opposition to the named candidates and any contributions made via the websites actually go to the NRCC.
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- FCC has obligation to disclose political ad sources
- The IRS is doing its job—or more accurately—contemplating doing its job after years of dereliction.
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- Video: Trevor Potter on the State of Money & Politics
- The Supreme Court needs to get smarter about politics