“Gov. Brown to decide whether California voters will sound off in November on money in politics”

LAT: Lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a November ballot measure asking voters about the growing role of undisclosed donors in political campaigns, a non-binding anti-Citizens United measure that now needs the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown….But Republicans took issue with what Sen. … Continue reading

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“Pillar of Law Files Lawsuit for Convention Delegates’ Rights to Free Speech”

Release: The Pillar of Law Institute filed a lawsuit in Wyoming federal court today, challenging a law that prohibits delegates to political party conventions from accepting books, travel stipends, and legal assistance from non-profits. “For the upcoming Republican Convention, delegates … Continue reading

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“Donors can give nearly $500,000 to new joint fundraising effort between Trump and RNC”

WaPo: Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will ask donors to give as much as $449,400 to support his White House bid and down-ballot candidates through a new fundraising agreement with the Republican National Committee announced Tuesday night. The Trump Victory Fund — a joint committee between the … Continue reading

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“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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