“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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“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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“EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio team skirted campaign donation limits; investigators found ‘willful and flagrant’ violations ‘warranting prosecution'”

NYDN: The head investigator for the state Board of Elections probed the 2014 fundraising efforts by Mayor de Blasio and his team on behalf of the Senate Democrats and found enough “willful and flagrant” violations to warrant a criminal referral … Continue reading

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