The Riverside Press Enterprise offers this report. Sayeth Bruce Cain: “It could easily be the determining factor in who the next president is…If the Republican Party can pull this off, it’s a brilliant tactic.”
The SF Chronicle offers this report.
AP offers this report on yesterday’s John Tanner hearing.
Jan Baran, Thomas Kirby and Caleb Burns have written this article for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
Meredith McGehee has this post on the CLC blog.
This news story begins: “U.S. Sen. David Vitter recently paid a $25,000 penalty to the Federal Election Commission for failing to disclose that his campaign paid for calls to voters during the final weeks of his 2004 Senate race.” Another snippet:
- One FEC commissioner, Hans A. von Spakovsky, dissented from the agency finding. Spakovsky reasoned that the first batch of calls did not constitute public political advertising subject to the law.
Spakovsky also wrote that a disclaimer during the second call would have skewed the responses.
“From a public policy standpoint, the majority’s view that research and polling calls require disclaimers is something that will make social scientists and pollsters shudder with dismay,” Spakovsky wrote.
See this press release.
The Campaign Finance Institute has issued this press release.
The Honolulu Advertiser offers this report, which begins: “The Federal Election Commission has admonished the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for using corporate money on automated telephone calls last year to help former U.S. Rep. Ed Case in the U.S. Senate primary against U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawai’i.”
The WSJ offers this report.
The Sacramento Bee offers this report, which begins: “A measure on the Feb. 5 ballot to alter term limits for California lawmakers may inadvertently open the door for dozens of termed-out Assembly members to return to their old seats in Sacramento, according to independent legal experts.” You can find the text of Prop. 93 here.
Jonathan Soros has written this NY Times oped.