Classic Washington story of the day from Jon Ralston: Before former Rep. Mary Bono Mack become a strong supporter of internet gambling, she talked to Sheldon Adelson's people about working with him to oppose it.Apr08
Rick Hasen's latest piece on McCutcheon v. FEC is worth the read: "But just as significant is the court’s reasoning — which could well lead to courts striking down what remain of campaign finance limits, including limits on contributions to individual members of Congress. We could be on our way to politicians accepting multimillion-dollar contributions from a single donor."Apr07Apr07
After you read this New York Times story on party fundraisers moving immediately to cash in on McCutcheon v.Apr07
Last week, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in McCutcheon v. FEC, invalidating "aggregate contribution limits," pushing our elections more squarely into the hands of wealthy campaign donors.
Here's a collection of responses from political cartoonists.Apr04
In its McCutcheon v. FEC decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court invalidated “aggregate contribution limits,” or how much individuals can give overall to federal candidates, party committees, and PACs each election cycle. For 2014, that limit was $123,200—more than double the median family income in America.Apr04
67 Billionaires Who Can Now Buy More Influence in Congress Thanks to the Supreme Court
In its McCutcheon v. FEC decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court invalidated “aggregate contribution limits,” or how much individuals can give overall to federal candidates, party committees, and PACs each election cycle. In 2012, that limit was $117,000 (and, until Wednesday, it was $123,200 for 2014)—more than double the median family income in America.Apr04
Jeffrey Toobin looks beyond the recent McCutcheon decision to see what could be in store next for campaign contribution regulations. He notes that this case leaves the door wide open for more deregulation in the future.Apr04
So what's next for SCOTUS and campaign finance? Today, they'll decide whether to hear Jim Bopp's challenge to Iowa's corporate contribution ban. Adam Liptak's must-read.
Here's some more McCutcheon news and analysis:Apr03