Many people are up in arms (heh) over the Supreme Court's decision regarding gun control, but rather less press is being given to another opinion handed down today: Davis v. FEC
. The issue was the constitutionality of the "Millionaire's Amendment"
, which allowed for political candidates facing self-funding challengers who intended to spend more than $350,000 to raise more money from individual donors than they would otherwise be allowed to do.
In a 5-4 decision, the court found the law unconstitutional. [more inside]
posted by Bromius
on Jun 26, 2008 -
A very big day for the Supreme Court. In Morse v. Fredrick
, the Court ruled that a school could suspend a child for holding up a "Bong HiTs for Jesus" banner. (Previous post here
). In Hein v. Freedom from Religion
, the Court held that taxpayers lacked standing to challenged Faith Based Initiatives (previous discussions
). In Wilke v. Robbins
, the Court held that land owners do not have Bivens claims if the federal government harasses landowners for easements. In FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
, the Court held that the portion of the campaign finance law which had blackout periods before elections on issue advocacy advertising was an unconstitutional restriction of speech (other
). This Thursday, the Justices will deliver their last opinions of the term, including a death penalty case
and the school assignment cases
. (Opinions are .pdfs)
posted by dios
on Jun 25, 2007 -
SCOTUS strikes down campaign finance restrictions [pdf].
The Supreme Court issued an opinion today in Randall v. Sorrell
, striking down limits on campaign contributions and campaign spending imposed by the state of Vermont. The Court, in a fractured opinion (six separate opinions, including two dissents), concluded that restrictions on both contributions and expenditures ran afoul of the First Amendment. More
from Amy Howe at SCOTUSblog. Expect more from Rick Hasen
posted by monju_bosatsu
on Jun 26, 2006 -
The Coming Crackdown on Political Blogging.
"In just a few months... bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list...could be punished by fines." CNet's engrossing interview with an FEC commissioner who predicts major turmoil ahead as the government tries to decide if a blog link is a donation. A Brookings paper
(pdf) suggest "Radical changes in modes of communication and forms of political campaigning lie not too distant on the horizon." This guy
says it's all an attempt to undermine campaign finance laws by freaking out bloggers.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Mar 3, 2005 -
The Republican National Committee
is warning television stations across the country not to run ads from the MoveOn.org Voter Fund that criticize President Bush, charging that the left-leaning political group is paying for them with money raised in violation of the new campaign-finance law.
posted by jasenlee
on Mar 8, 2004 -
Al Sharpton... Republican stooge?
A Village Voice investigation finds that his presidential campaign is being financed and staffed by Roger Stone,
"the longtime Republican dirty-tricks operative who led the mob
that shut down the Miami-Dade County recount in 2000." Article details some interesting financing arrangements and reveals that Stone has bragged that he gave Sharpton the ax handle
he waved at a NAACP meeting to denounce Democratic racism. Sharpton wants to teach the Democrats a lesson (as he did in helping to elect Republican Mike Bloomberg mayor of New York), and Republicans are anxious to help create a division with black voters. But black voters must have seen through him, refusing to give him the South Carolina victory
he needed to speak for them at the convention.
posted by Slagman
on Feb 4, 2004 -
As you may have heard, long term FBI Agent and Chinese double-agent Katrina Leung was charged yesterday.
What you might not have heard, if, say, you only read the CNN story, was that Leung was a prominent Republican,
who probably did a good bit to subvert the campaign finance reform effort. However, this isn't being covered by ABC, CNN,
Newsweek, the New York Times,
or pretty much anyone with any name recognition, as TalkingPointsMemo reports. Funny how potential sabotage isn't worth mentioning in these fast times full of SARS and terror, no?
posted by kaibutsu
on May 10, 2003 -
Dems blast Playboy as contradictory to equal and civil rights and human dignity, but still take big campaign donations and have fundraisers at the infamous mansion.
Seems like the Democratic party wants to have it both ways. They have taken more than $25,000 in congressional campaign funds and $8,500 for Al Gore's campaign, and a dem leader handpicked by Gore himself is throwing the August 15 bash at the Hef's house, but Playboy is now supposedly officially baaaad, mmmkay? If they're so bad, shouldn't these denunciations have come with checks, made out to Playboy, returning the campaign donations????
posted by Dreama
on Jul 26, 2000 -