Monday, March 2, 2015

Justice Department ramps up scrutiny of candidates and independent groups

The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign-finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections.

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Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook

As Jeb Bush continues a torrid fundraising schedule across the country, he is pushing new boundaries of campaign finance law, exploiting his status as a noncandidate to avoid contribution limits and amass a cash pile already in the tens of millions.

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Even After Return, Congressional Opposition to EAC Continues

Even as many in the election world were celebrating last week's return of the Election Assistance Commission, there is still a move underway on Capitol Hill to do away with the agency completely. Gannett's Deborah Berry has more:

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The Supreme Court and Independent Redistricting Initiatives: Uncertain Effects and Constitutional Doubts

The argument over the constitutionality of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission can go the way of plain language debates, and it can also branch off into the question of whether it is good to have legislators function under the threat of initiative.

Source: The Supreme Court and Independent Redistricting Initiatives: Uncertain Effects and Constitutional Doubts

Is the Florida Republican Presidential Primary Winner-Take-All?

That all depends. By all accounts, there is momentum in Florida to facilitate the conditions under which a winner-take-all presidential primary can take place in 2016. The Republican Party of Florida chair likes the idea of a winner-take-all method of delegate allocation.

Source: Is the Florida Republican Presidential Primary Winner-Take-All?

Elections: The final frontier of open data?

It’s hard to imagine that we lack open data in elections when the 24-hour news media does nothing but shower us with data during election season.

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FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Access under Title II

After nearly 4 million public comments, and months of vigorous public, industry, and Congressional debate, the FCC, by a 3-2 vote, approved revised net neutrality rules to “protect the Open Internet.

Source: FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Access under Title II