Articles Tagged 'campaign finance reform'

Massachusetts campaign finance regulators end ‘union loophole’

Massachusetts campaign finance regulators have reduced the amount of money unions can contribute to political candidates, ending the controversial “union loophole.” As of May 31,… READ MORE

Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife are accused of misspending $250,00 in campaign funds

They dropped more than $14,000 on a family vacation in Italy. They racked up $3,300 at In-N-Out, Carl’s Jr, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants.… READ MORE

High court strikes down Ariz. campaign finance law

June 28, 2011

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision Monday along familiar ideological lines, invalidated an Arizona law that provides extra funds to candidates who take part in a publicly financed system rather than rely on private backers. Rejecting the state’s arguments about the potentially corruptive effects of wealthy private interests, the justices ruled that… READ MORE

Campaign Finance Experts See Few Implications for Virginia Ruling

May 30, 2011
By Alex Knott, Roll Call Staff Campaign finance experts are saying privately that despite outrage over a judge’s decision this week that corporations could donate money directly to federal candidates, the verdict would probably not have any real effects on the 2012 elections. The interpretations of Thursday’s U.S. District Court decision by Judge James C. Cacheris vary. Campaign finance lawyers… READ MORE

Supreme Court skeptical about Arizona’s campaign finance law

March 29, 2011

By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post

The Supreme Court majority that in recent years has struck down campaign spending restrictions as assaults on free speech seemed ready Monday to do the same with Arizona’s public financing plan. Under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. , the court’s conservative majority has declared unconstitutional major portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act.… READ MORE

House Approves Repealing Public Financing of Presidential Campaigns

January 29, 2011

By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable

The House voted 239 to 160 for a bill that would repeal public financing of presidential campaigns. If it became law, it would open the door to even more campaign money for broadcast and cable outlets. “Today’s vote is a win for common sense, as supporters of this political pyramid scheme could offer… READ MORE

Unions ‘concerned’ with new version of campaign finance bill

July 23, 2010
By Susan Crabtree, The Hill Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) latest effort to win over centrist Republicans for a campaign-finance bill is jeopardizing union support. The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, is taking issue with a new version of the Disclose Act that Schumer filed Thursday. “Based on reports, we are concerned that recent developments could hamper working families’ ability… READ MORE

GOP senators avoid co-sponsoring campaign finance reform legislation

April 21, 2010
By Susan Crabtree, The Hill Senate Democrats have been unable to find a GOP co-sponsor of highly anticipated campaign finance reform legislation, delaying the rollout of a measure aimed at counteracting a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had expected to unveil their legislation with bipartisan support by the end of last… READ MORE

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