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Washington Post: Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans

The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study.

The advantage isn’t large, but it is statistically significant: The researchers found the ruling, in Citizens United v. FEC, was associated with a six percentage-point increase in the likelihood that a Republican candidate would win a state legislative race.

And in six of the most affected states — Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee — the probability that a Republican would be elected to a state legislative seat increased by 10 percentage points or more.

Read more at WashingtonPost.com here.


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Washington Post: Citizens United movie spawns campaign finance suit

DENVER — Citizens United is suing after the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ruled a movie the conservative group is producing falls under state campaign laws.

The Virginia-based group sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver on Thursday, saying it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmakers. Citizens United is finishing a movie called “Rocky Mountain Heist” about those it says have influenced Colorado’s political swing to the left over the past decade.

In June, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert ruled the group must disclose the movie’s financiers.

Read more on WashingtonPost.com here.


9News: Group sues Gessler over documentary

KUSA - Political-advocacy group Citizens United is suing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler over the conservative group's desire to be exempt from state-election finance laws.

Citizens United, the namesake of the 2010 controversial landmark Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending, plans to release an "expose" documentary, "Rocky Mountain Heist," on the influence of political groups in Colorado.

The suit claims the Virginia-based group has a "First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities."

Read more on 9News.com here.


The Denver Post: Citizens United suing Colorado over "Rocky Mountain Heist" funders

Citizens United filed a lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver Thursday, the first step in a legal fight that could rewrite the ways states handle election disclosures.

The Virginia-based conservative group is finishing a movie called "Rocky Mountain Heist," about those who have influenced Colorado's political swing to the left over the past decade, calling out advocacy groups and politicians, likely including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall, who are in tough races this fall.

In June, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert ruled that the group would need to disclose the movie's financiers under state campaign laws. The organization contended it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

Read more on DenverPost.com here.


Washington Times: Family Leadership In The Heartland

A multitude of conservatives will soon descend on the nation’s heartland to heed the words of conservative luminaries. The third annual Family Leadership Summit gets underway in scenic Ames, Iowa, on Saturday for a daylong examination of traditional family values and their place on the planet. Among the many at the podium, appearing one after another in a nine-hour session: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina; Rep. Steve King of Iowa; Govs. Terry Branstad of Iowa, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Tony Perkins, David Bossie and Mike Huckabee. It’s a family-style event, with some old-fashioned trimmings, opening with a cordial welcome, then a prayer. The modest $20 admission includes a box lunch.

“One of the hopeful outcomes of the Summit is to bring conservatives together early and consistently in the process leading up to the 2016 elections,” says Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of the Family Leader, the primary organizer of the event, along with Citizens United and Family Research Council Action. “We believe that by laying this foundation through an intentional leadership summit, the likelihood for conservatives to coalesce in a spirit of unity for impact and influence in 2014, 2016, and beyond will be greatly enhanced.”

Read more on WashingtonTimes.com here.


9News.com: Citizens United wants exception from political ad law

DENVER - Political-advocacy group Citizens United is asking for its upcoming film on Colorado politics to be exempt from state-election finance laws.

Citizens United, the namesake of the 2010 controversial landmark Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending, told a panel from Secretary of State Scott Gessler's office that it plans to release an "expose" documentary on the influence of political groups in Colorado.

"This is a movie about organizations and their impact on public policy," said the group's attorney Michael Boos.

Read more and watch the clip on 9News.com here.


TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com: 'Duck Dynasty' star calls out Pres. Obama at GOP conference in New Orleans

Phil Robertson, star of the A&E network’s hit reality television series “Duck Dynasty,” came to New Orleans on Thursday preaching the Bible and the gun to a group of jubilant Republicans.

He had a few words for President Barack Obama as well. “We’re up against evil like I’ve never seen in my life,” he said. “I’m sitting there and I’m thinking, ‘What’s coming out of the White House?’ The only thing I can tell you folks is it’s just downright embarrassing.”

Robertson was catapulted into conservative politics last year after A&E briefly suspended him for making disparaging remarks about homosexuals and suggesting in a GQ magazine interview that blacks in the South were happy during the Jim Crow era.

Read more on TheNewOrleansAdvocate here.


WND.com: Duck Dynasty patriarch hands GOP playbook for victory

NEW ORLEANS – Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson kicked off the Republican Leadership Conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans on Thursday with an entertaining speech in which he mixed his faith in Jesus Christ with an admonition to the GOP to return to the Bible and the fundamental principles of freedom upon which the nation was founded.

“You lose your religion, you lose your morality, you lose your freedom,” Robertson said. “You cannot be right for America if you are not right with God.”

In an event the GOP billed as an “unofficial kickoff” of the 2016 presidential campaign, Robertson drew repeated applause and more than one standing ovation by insisting, “If the country does not turn to God at a fairly rapid clip, we are going to lose the United States of America.”

Read more on WND.com here.


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