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Campaign Finance Reform

WSJ: The Super PAC Boomerang

Today’s Wall Street Journal points out “Campaign-finance scolds denounce the system they created”: In the common media wisdom, super PACs are a result of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. This is said to have created a “loophole” that the super PACs have exploited to evade campaign-finance restrictions on the money that candidates can […]

WSJ: Stephen Colbert’s Free Speech Problem

First Amendment attorneys Steve Simpson and Paul Sherman point out the unintentional comedy of Stephen Colbert’s failed attempts to mock Citizens United v. FEC. …”Why does it get so complicated to do this? I mean, this is page after page of legalese,” Mr. Colbert lamented. “All I’m trying to do is affect the 2012 election. […]

WSJ: The IRS Gets Political

The editors of the Wall Street Journal call out the IRS for going after campaign donors, saying, “A tax probe of donations given by a specific class of political donors is a boldfaced attempt to punish and discourage political speech”: We’re starting to see a pattern here. Since the Supreme Court restored the First Amendment […]

American Spectator: Obama vs. the ‘Undisclosed Donors’

Great article by Jed Babbin on how President Obama is trying to skirt Citizens United v. FEC and politicize the federal contracting process: Congressional Dems responded with an effort to overturn the Citizens United decision legislatively with the so-far un-passed “DISCLOSE” Act, which would have restricted undisclosed donors who aren’t unions and other reliable sources […]

Statement From David Bossie on Schumer Campaign Finance Legislation

Statement From David Bossie on Schumer Campaign Finance Legislation: “This bill, like many that have come before it, is a incumbent-protection power grab dressed up in the sheep’s clothing of ‘reform.’ The bureaucratic jungle that this bill would create will force groups of modest means like Citizens United to spend thousands of dollars of donor […]