“Could campaign finance overhaul help solve congressional gridlock?”

Open Secrets reports on today’s Excellent Sidley forum at NYU in DC: Should we restrict political contributions? How have weakened political parties impacted this election? Can public financing work? President-elect Donald Trump pledged to “drain the swamp,” yet has not proposed changes to the … Continue reading

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“Flagler Circuit Judge Scott DuPont Faces Charges of ‘Recklessly’ Spreading Baseless Claims About Opponent”

FlaglerLive.com: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, the investigative arm of the Florida judicial system, last week filed a notice of formal charges against Flagler County Circuit Judge Scott DuPont stemming from allegations that he may have acted unethically and “recklessly” … Continue reading

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“Female Candidates Have Greatest Success in Open Seat Elections But Poorly Funded by PACs, Donors, and Major Parties”

Release: Representation2020, Common Cause and the Center for Responsive Politics have released a new report revealing the systemic disparity in funding for female candidates running for open seats by PACs, individual donors and major parties. Women are more likely to … Continue reading

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“Predicting the Impact of Democracy Vouchers: Analysis and Questions in Light of South Dakota’s Successful Initiative”

Very interesting from the Campaign Finance Institute: The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) today has released a new study entitled “Predicting the Impact of Democracy Vouchers: Analysis and Questions in Light of South Dakota’s Successful Initiative”. The author is Michael J. … Continue reading

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“Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The US Election”

BuzzFeed: In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement than the top stories from major news outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, … Continue reading

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“These Officials Help Write Ballot Questions. Companies Write Them Checks.”

NYT: Big-money corporate lobbying has reached into one of the most obscure corners of state government: the offices of secretaries of state, the people charged with running elections impartially. The targeting of secretaries of state with campaign donations, corporate-funded weekend … Continue reading

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