The Philadelphia Inquirerand its on-line site, Philly.com, have been covering a story that features law makers taking large amounts of money, making promises for votes, a potential cover-up and a politician contemplating suing the newspaper that broke the story. The story seems to have it all, from a campaign finance reformer’s standpoint. Politicians stuffing money into their pockets […]

Over Christmas break, the New York Post published my op-ed on the Moreland Act Commission and what more we can expect from them in the coming year.  Also check out the op-ed in the Albany Times-Union from Professors Jeffrey Milyo and David Primo regarding the Commission’s preliminary report from earlier in the month.  The bottom line is that the solution to actual corruption […]

President Obama urged his supporters to sell the Affordable Care Act during this year’s Thanksgiving meal.   He received significant criticism from many for what was perceived to be an attempt to inject politics into a time for family and friends.  But even the architect of “Health Care for the Holidays” probably would have recoiled from a Thanksgiving Tweet from the Center for […]

Two top-notch organizations have added new blogs that will discuss campaign finance issues, among other things.   First, the Executive Branch Project at the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies has created the Executive Branch Review Blog, which addresses all things executive branch. Here’s the description of the effort:   An increase in […]

Earlier this week the Huffington Post reported on a recent press conference in Washington, D.C., about efforts to amend the First Amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC. The headline read “Citizens United Amendment Urged By Grassroots, Federal Lawmakers.” In the story, U.S. Senator Tom Udall says, “We have developing here a grassroots movement.”   […]

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously stayed the decision of the Montana Supreme Court in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, in which the Montana court explicitly thumbed its nose at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Citizens United decision. The stay itself is not surprising—most assumed that the Court would stay the Montana court’s […]

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Joel Connelly has a column bemoaning how political campaigns in America are conducted and laying the blame for what he sees as the poor state of things at the feet of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Citizens United decision. Almost everything he says in the article is wrong—even if one were […]

Professor Jeffrey Rosen has written an attack on Citizens United v. FEC that attempts to transform the progressive complaints against the case into the main reason for the loss of “Americans’ confidence in their political system.” Rosen presents no evidence for this assertion, of course, perhaps because none exists. The Pew Charitable Trust’s recent poll […]

On her blog, University of Wisconsin Law School professor Ann Althouse (in whose class I happily sat as a law student), pens a sharp critique of Justice John Paul Stevens and his dissent (and subsequent celebration of that dissent in his new book, Five Chiefs) in the Citizens United case. From critiquing Stevens on his […]

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 […]