ELB Podcast Episode 7. Ellen Weintraub: The Future of Money in Politics, and of the FEC

What is the state of campaign financing in the U.S.? How have things changed in the Citizens United era? Is the Federal Election Commission dysfunctional, and if so do personalities or ideology explain the spate of high profile Commission deadlocks? … Continue reading

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“FEC Refuses to Close the ‘Chevron’ Loophole in the Ban Against Campaign Contributions From Government Contractors”

Release: A deadlock by the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Public Citizen’s request that the agency close a loophole of its own making that allows federal contractors to make campaign contributions through subsidiaries means the loophole remains. The 3-3 … Continue reading

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Interesting Statement from FEC Commissioner Goodman on Role of Press in Presidential Debates

An extensive 17-page concurring statement, which begins:             On July 16, 2015, the Commission voted not to open a new rulemaking proposing stricter mandates on corporate debate sponsorship as proposed in a petition submitted by an organization called Level the … Continue reading

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“FEC: Notable conservatives tied to nonprofit scofflaw”

CPI: Three notable conservatives — including a top fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio — are linked to a now-defunct “dark money” nonprofit group that failed to disclose several million dollars spent on candidate-related TV ads, according to documents … Continue reading

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