Some Thoughts on Today’s Oral Argument in Gov. McDonnell Case: It’s Not If the Governor Wins on Appeal, But How, That Matters

The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of today’s oral argument in the Gov. McDonnell case.  Bob Barnes (who is all over this story) says the Justices were “highly skeptical” of McDonnell’s conviction. I agree that a reversal seems likely. … Continue reading

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“Is Citizens United a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Bob McDonnell? The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide”

Brendan Fischer: It is a common refrain that cases like Citizens United allow for “legalized bribery.” But few argue that the U.S. Supreme Court has literally legalized pay–to-play politics; such descriptions are usually shorthand for the systemic ways that big money in elections has … Continue reading

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Breaking and Analysis: Federal District Court Upholds Restrictive NC Voting Law in 485-Page Opinion

Federal district court judge Thomas Schroeder has issued this 485-page opinion considering constitutional and Voting Rights Act challenges to North Carolina’s 2013 restrictive voting law (which I have discussed in a number of places including this Harvard Law Review forum … Continue reading

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“Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 Sue the Federal Election Commission for Failure to Enforce the Law and Protect the Integrity of Our Democracy”

Release: The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a lawsuit Friday night in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Election Commission for dismissing five complaints that CLC and D21 filed with the … Continue reading

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“Sanders calls Clinton’s fundraising ‘obscene,’ but it’s more nuanced — influence isn’t corruption”

I have written this oped for the LA Times. it begins: Despite Bernie Sanders‘ repeated accusations, there’s no real evidence that Hillary Clinton has been corrupted by large campaign contributions. But that’s not to say donors haven’t influenced her thinking and priorities. … Continue reading

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