Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 9:58 am

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not surprise anyone. They quickly [...]

In Reversal, Obama Campaign Endorses Super PAC Efforts on His Behalf

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 9:35 am

The Obama campaign will signal to donors that they endorse funding of SuperPACs, which some see as a backslide on campaign finance principles but which senior campaign officials characterized as “a reflection of the law as it currently stands.” The campaign will support Priorities USA, a PAC designed to support the President’s re-election campaign. Cabinet [...]

On Citizens United Anniversary, Constitutional Amendment Movement Grows

By: Friday January 20, 2012 6:56 am

Today is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. If you think it’s going well, ask your local Presidential candidate how he likes those SuperPAC ads. Several actions are taking place today. The “Occupy the Courts” movement will hold rallies in front of major courthouses, including the US Supreme Court (in New [...]

Dept. of Errata: Wisconsin 2/3 Requirement Edition

By: Wednesday February 23, 2011 1:40 pm

I’m on the Badger Bus headed in toward Madison, but I wanted to update a story from yesterday. Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that would force a 2/3 requirement for any increases to income, sales or franchise taxes. Living with the horrors of Prop. 13 and artificial super-majority requirements, I immediately threw up a [...]

DISCLOSE Act Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed Set for Tuesday

By: Monday July 26, 2010 7:31 am

One thing I missed while at Netroots Nation is the fact that the DISCLOSE Act will get a vote on a motion to proceed tomorrow in the Senate, in all likelihood, with a newer version from Chuck Schumer that includes some changes from the House version, some good, some bad: Schumer has left intact a [...]

White House Warming To Compromise CFPA

By: Thursday February 25, 2010 6:53 am

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency was given the shorthand of the “public option” of financial reform. While many thought the difference was that the Obama Administration actually expressed a willingness to fight for it, apparently they are resigned to seeing that transform to what amounts to a co-op or trigger. The Obama administration is no [...]

Lessig’s Maximalist Post-Citizens United Strategy Finds Broad Support In Polls

By: Thursday February 18, 2010 12:40 pm

Lawrence Lessig, who thinks the recent Citizens United decision presents an opportunity to really fix the consuming problem of money in politics, has responded to critics who think that his expansionist strategy for campaign finance reform doesn’t fit the political moment, and that the set of reforms proposed by Chuck Schumer and Chris Van Hollen [...]

Citizens United Rumblings: Democrats Plot To Offset Supreme Court Ruling

By: Tuesday February 2, 2010 10:58 am

Democrats in the House and Senate are preparing a raft of legislation to blunt the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which would allow corporations to use their treasuries to influence elections. The Senate Rules Committee held a hearing today on the matter, and several Democratic Senators indicated their desire for a change [...]

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