The proliferation of super PACs and their organizational push for 501(c)(4) support has generated debate about disclosure. Last week, however, the debate shifted back to another familiar disclosure question: whether the government may disclose the identity of those petitioning for a ballot issue. The question
Fueled by the lingering (and largely erroneous) perception of a liberal judiciary, Republican presidential candidates are calling for new legislation to curb the power of federal judges. As the Washington Post reports, a majority of the Republican field is calling for some sort of judicial
When 96-year-old Dorothy Cooper was born, women were legally barred from voting. With the passage of Tennessee’s new voter identification law, women’s access to the polls is once again in jeopardy.
As of last year, Tennessee law requires voters to present a valid, government-issued ID before
The emergence of super PACs enables electioneers to aggregate lots of capital from few donors. Some worry that the capital raised will reintroduce the corruption concerns that animate campaign finance reform. In response to that worry, proponents of super PACs often point to disclosure. They
Stephen Colbert has increased the visibility of super PACs with Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. And if Colbert's goal is to initiate discussion about super PAC impact, he may satisfy his goals. But if Colbert wants to reform this new vehicle for political spending, the
Today, D.C. District Court Judge John Bates dismissed a facial challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The 15th amendment obliges Congress to effectuate its promise that no citizen be denied the right to vote on the basis of race. Section 5 of the
Many fear that lobbyists corrupt our government. For those concerned, a new study by LegiStorm will prove alarming. According to the study, nearly 3,000 registered lobbyists have recent experience on Capitol Hill. As reported by the Washington Post, “Twenty-five powerhouse firms and organizations employ 10
According to the Roberts Court, the only form of “corruption” that the Government has a legitimate interest in seeking to prevent through campaign finance regulation is quid pro quo corruption, i.e. the trading of cash for votes. By limiting the “corruption” interest in this
This morning the Supreme Court decided two campaign finance cases consolidated under Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. Writing for a narrow but familiar 5-4 majority—which included Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito—Chief Justice John Roberts overruled the Ninth Circuit and struck
In a Guest Commentary piece in the Detroit Free Press, former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor argued against processes in which state judges participate in competitive elections in order to secure spots on the state bench. In her own words:
"Proponents of judicial elections argue that this