Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Without Citizens United, Joss Whedon could be violating the law

Once again the liberal elites in Hollywood just don’t get it. They rail for more campaign finance regulations, and against Citizens United without really knowing what that means. Content creators should be the ones most thrilled with the ruling in Citizens United vs.
Source: Without Citizens United, Joss Whedon could be violating the law

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

All Talk, No Action? Clinton and Trump on Campaign Finance Reform

The pervasive influence of money in politics has become ingrained in the public’s perception of how the government works. We all have that jaded friend or relative who has become disillusioned because “they’re all corrupt, they’ll never change.
Source: All Talk, No Action? Clinton and Trump on Campaign Finance Reform

How to request a copy of Donald Trump's "Federal Elections" financial disclosure form.

Copies of Presidential Financial Disclosure Reports
The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) requires that all members of the public seeking to receive copies of a presidential candidate’s personal financial disclosure report submit a Request Form.  Please be sure to include your email address, name(s) of the presidential candidate in which you are requesting a personal disclosure report, your signature and the current date. Members of the media should fax their completed request forms to (202) 501-3283 or send it via email to  All other members of the public should fax their forms to (202) 501-0693 or e-mail it to Please note that the Commission is not authorized to post a candidate’s personal financial disclosure report to its website.

Source: Federal Election Commission at

"You will learn more about Donald Trump by going down to the Federal Elections" to see the financial disclosure form than by looking at his returns, Trump said. (Trump has cited an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service as a reason he isn’t releasing the returns. Hillary Clinton has released her tax returns from 2000 to 2015.)
Donald Trump wrong that 'you will learn more' from financial disclosure form than from tax returns | PolitiFact

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.


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