More FEC Articles

  • New emails show IRS coordinated Tea Party targeting with Justice Department, FEC and liberal political activists

    Congressional and media attention in the IRS scandal thus far has focused mainly on the federal tax agency and its former exempt organizations director, Lois Lerner. But Judicial Watch, the non-profit government watchdog, has obtained email correspondence between Lerner and key U.S. Department...

  • FEC says it's powerless against 'scam' PACs that may have cost Allen West his seat

    Political operatives are profiting by using misleading pleas to raise money from people who think they're giving to well-known candidates who don't actually benefit at all. Their donors are often elderly retirees, campaign finance records show. But "scam" PACs have little to fear from the...

  • Campaign finance laws show incumbents are well-protected

    The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the Left. That is what often happens whenever the high court rules that the First Amendment means what it says -- free speech for...

  • Former FEC chairman joins Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – A former Federal Ethics Commission chairman is bringing his political expertise to a Columbus law firm. Professor, attorney and political commentator Attorney Bradley Smith has joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. Smith will focus his practice in the areas of...

  • Lobbyist bundlers, not rich donors, soil political money

    Rich people can now donate more money politicians, thanks to the First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s ruling in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission won’t change politics much. But it ought to spur Congress to clean up our cluttered and counterproductive campaign...

  • McCutcheon ruling likely to change little in campaigns' strategies

    The Supreme Court's ruling this week allowing individuals to donate money to an unlimited number of candidates or party committees initially led to fears that the campaign-finance floodgates would burst open. “The last thing the middle class needs right now is more money in politics," said...

  • Nancy Pelosi: Democrats won't jump to take advantage of new campaign donor limits

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that her Democratic Party won't actively take advantage of new rules allowing individuals to donate more money to political campaigns, calling such a move "exploitation" of the electoral system. "Just because the ante is raised for everyone does not...

  • Supreme Court strikes down limits on campaign contributions

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the overall limits that wealthy donors can contribute to political campaigns, a victory for anti-regulation conservatives who saw the caps as a serious restriction on free speech rights. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federation...

  • White House 'disappointed' by Supreme Court ruling on donor limits

    The White House on Wednesday criticized a Supreme Court decision that struck down overall limits on political contributions from individuals. “We are, in fact, disappointed by the decision that was announced today,” said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest to reporters aboard...



From the Weekly Standard

  • The Closing of the Academic Mind

    From Brandeis on the Atlantic to Azusa on the Pacific, an iron curtain has descended across academia. Behind that line lie all the classrooms of the ancient schools of America. Wesleyan, Brown,...

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  • Why Not an Open Convention?

    When the Republican National Committee adopted a new primary calendar in January, few people fully thought through the impact. Successfully and necessarily fighting the last war, Chairman Reince...

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  • NATO Is Still the Answer

    The continuing Ukraine crisis raises both a critical “what if?” question and a pressing policy issue. What if, in April 2008, the Europeans had not rejected President Bush’s proposal to...

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