Though pollsters see campaign finance reform as a nonstarter on the campaign trail. A proposed rulemaking in the wake of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision sparked an outpouring of public interest as letter-writing campaigns drew thousands of comments.Continue reading
Two pro-gun groups spent $9,000 in two and one-half weeks on the winning candidate in a House primary in Georgia. The down-to-the-wire money dump marks one of the anti-establishment success stories from Tuesday’s run-off elections in Georgia.Continue reading
Bob Bauer argues that striking down the $123,200 hard money limit of campaigns — the goal of plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon — would not make much of a difference. Here's why he's wrong.Continue reading
The attorney who has been pushing the FEC to ease a host of campaign finance rules is at it again.
Dan Backer's latest target: the ceiling on how much money a person can give candidates for federal office in one election cycle, which currently stands at $46,200. In an advisory opinion request to the Federal Election Commission posted today, Backer, of DB Capitol Strategies, and two other attorneys argue the limit "has the effect of punishing the wealthy contributor" and is unconstitutional for many reasons, not the least of which is the Supreme Court's game-changing Citzens United ...Continue reading