Friday, September 23, 2016

Weintraub and Ravel write letter to Hill about donations from foreign-owned companies

Federal Election Commission: Letter to Rep. Robert A. Brady
Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub
In the alternative, three of our colleagues proposed adopting a new policy that would extend the reasoning of pre-Citizens United advisory opinions and expressly permit foreign-owned domestic subsidiaries to spend money in connection with federal elections, including on independent expenditures and contributions to super PACs, under certain circumstances. They also proposed creating out of whole cloth a new "safe harbor" to more easily facilitate this spending. Because substantively their proposal would have moved us in the wrong direction and procedurally would have deprived the public of an opportunity to comment on it, we opposed it.

As Justice Stevens noted in his dissent in Citizens United, "[u]nlike voters in U.S. elections, corporations may be foreign controlled," and the majority's decision "would appear to afford the same protection to multinational corporations controlled by foreigners as to individual Americans." In his State of the Union Address in 2010, President Obama warned about how Citizens United could "open the floodgates for special interests-including foreign corporations -to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled ... by foreign entities." We agree. Unfortunately, three of our colleagues have prohibited the Commission from acting to address these concerns.

Source: http://www.fec.gov/members/ravel/statements/letter_rankingmember_Brady_09212016.pdf

Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

Midway through my opening address for the Brisbane Writers Festival earlier this month, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a Sudanese-born Australian engineer and 25-year-old memoirist, walked out.
Source: Will the Left Survive the Millennials?

Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures

When voters in Missouri, South Dakota, Washington and Oregon go to the polls in November, they will vote on ballot measures that are cleverly marketed as legislation aimed at reducing “big money” and “outside influence” in local elections.
Source: Beware of Anti-Speech Ballot Measures

Rep. John Delaney files FEC complaint over super PAC funded by opponent's spouse

Rep. John Delaney's campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over a super PAC funded by his opponent's spouse -- an unusual arrangement the congressman said violates rules barring outside groups from coordinating with a candidate.
Source: Rep. John Delaney files FEC complaint over super PAC funded by opponent's spouse

Hilarious video: Those who hate Citzens United the most, know the least about it.

Nobody Knows What “Citizens United” Was About? | We the Internet TV

Many citizens are united by their hate of Citizens United — the Supreme Court decision. We the Internet's Lou Perez is on a mission to find out what it’s all about. He learns the more you hate it, the less you know about it. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

USA TODAY analysis: Super PAC donations surge past $1 billion

WASHINGTON — Super PAC donations have barreled past the $1 billion mark, driven by a small group of super-wealthy contributors intent on deciding who will occupy the White House and control Congress next year. Donations to super PACs hit nearly $1.
Source: USA TODAY analysis: Super PAC donations surge past $1 billion

Pro-Trump super PAC mistakenly publishes private donor information

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Source: Pro-Trump super PAC mistakenly publishes private donor information