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    The First Amendment Triumphs at the Supreme Court

    In a terrific decision this morning that will no doubt cause The New York Times to go into the same type of hysterics it exhibited after the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against the Federal Election Commission. Today’s decision in FEC v. McCutcheon restores … More

    Tax Dodge: Panel Urges Public to Thwart IRS Effort to Torpedo Conservative Groups

    The Internal Revenue Service has overstepped its legal boundaries and expertise to assault the free speech rights of nonprofit advocacy groups, but the public can put the IRS in its place by commenting in the next few days, campaign finance experts and journalists assembled at The Heritage Foundation said. The … More

    Jesse Jackson Jr. Facing "Significant Jail Time"

    Jesse Jackson Jr. is facing “significant jail time” in his pending plea deal over a Justice Department investigation of the misuse of his federal campaign fund, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Apparently, Jackson was using those funds to purchase things like a $40,000 Rolex. Jackson resigned last November in the … More

    10 Things Americans Spend More on Than Elections

    The $6 billion tab of 2011-12 election cycle political expenditures had barely been tallied before anti-free speech groups began calling for additional campaign finance reforms. With all the hyperventilating over the supposedly outsized spending on American elections, we thought it would be insightful to examine some of the things on … More

    McConnell Describes Political Left's Efforts to Restrict Free Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday that the Obama administration is pursuing restrictions on political speech through whatever means possible, including bypassing Congress and the federal judiciary. “What they haven’t been able to achieve through the courts or Congress, they’re already attempting to achieve through regulations,” McConnell said in a … More

    Senators Ask White House to Abandon Executive Order Limiting Political Speech

    A group of senators is urging President Obama to reconsider a draft executive order to require would-be government contractors to disclose political contributions. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), ranking member on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) yesterday sent a letter signed by … More

    Debating (or Not) the DISCLOSE Act

    The House Rules Committee met yesterday to set the rules for debate on the DISCLOSE Act. True to form, the committee kept the public out of a hearing about a bill intended to promote “transparency” in elections. According to the Center for Competitive Politics, they sent one of their staffers … More

    House Democrats Schedule Floor Vote on DISCLOSE Act

    House Democrats have tentatively scheduled a floor vote this week on the DISCLOSE Act, a campaign finance measure they hope will counter the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. A source on Capitol Hill confirmed the Democrats’ plans, but noted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a lot to get done before … More

    The Truth About President Obama and Citizens United

    I have to admit that if I had been sitting in the House chamber during President Obama’s State of the Union address, I would have had to fight the urge to have a Joe Wilson moment when the President unjustly criticized the Supreme Court, six of whose members were there. … More

    Supreme Court to Rehear Citizens United

    The Ricci decision will get everyone’s attention today and deservedly so, but there is another important case still to be decided by the Supreme Court. In a very rare move, the Court did not issue a decision on the last day of its term in Citizens United v. FEC, a … More