New York City Comptroller John Liu and New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, last seen here enjoying the finer things in life thanks to excess campaign funds provided by the City taxpayer, announced last week that their efforts to require Sprint Nextel to disclose political spending had taken a step forward. The Pension […]

There have been few politicians who have fallen so far and as fast as John Edwards. It is difficult to argue that he did not earn it, either. However, even someone as oleaginous as he does not deserve his latest problem.     The New York Times reports that the Justice Department will soon be […]

The last time we wrote about FEC Commissioner Don McGahn, we were reporting the well-deserved rebuke he delivered to “reform” proponent Norman Ornstein in the pages of Roll Call.  As TPMMuckraker reports, McGahn is continuing to speak his mind in response to his critics:   “I feel bad for” the reform groups that call the […]

My colleague Steve Simpson and I have an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today discussing TV funnyman Stephen Colbert’s latest riff on Citizens United v. FEC.  As some of our readers may know, Colbert has been trying to start a federal PAC to satirize the ease with which “unlimited corporate money” can be collected […]

Yesterday, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision upholding Minnesota’s post-Citizens United campaign finance law.  By a 2-1 vote, the court determined that even though the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United ruled corporations cannot be forced to form burdensome PACs in order to speak about elections, it is entirely ok […]

The Blog of Legal Times reports on yesterday’s argument in Bluman v. FEC, a First Amendment challenge to federal campaign finance laws that prohibit noncitizens from making contributions or expenditures related to federal elections.   The challenge was brought on behalf of two noncitizens: Benjamin Bluman, a Canadian lawyer who supports Democrats, and Asenath Steiman, […]

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson has penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he urges Republicans to support Senator Richard Durbin’s Fair Elections Now Act, which would provide government funds for politicians to run for office. At a time when the federal government’s debt is reaching unimaginable levels, Simpson wants both parties to […]