“Ethics officials propose $80,000 fine against former Sen. Tony Strickland for alleged campaign violations”

LAT: California enforcement officials are proposing $80,000 in ethics fines against former state Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Camarillo). The punishment is for allegedly aiding three supporters in disguising that they were the true source of contributions to Strickland’s unsuccessful 2010 campaign for … Continue reading

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“Representativeness and Motivations of the Contemporary Donorate: Results from Merged Survey and Administrative Records”

Seth Hill and Gregory Huber have written this article for Political Behavior. Here is the abstract: Only a small portion of Americans make campaign donations, yet because ambitious politicians need these resources, this group may be particularly important for shaping political … Continue reading

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“The Supreme Court’s Next Big Fight Over Money in Politics: Will the justices gut the rest of McCain-Feingold — and make it easier for wealthy donors to influence elections?”

I have written this piece for The Atlantic. It begins: At some point next year, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to face a major First Amendment question: whether to overturn what remains of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act. This measure … Continue reading

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