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The Court rules that pre-enforcement challenges to campaign finance law are justiciable. Read more


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Ronald K.L. Collins and David Skover's book, "When Money Speaks: The McCutcheon Decision, Campaign Finance Laws, and the First Amendment" is published. Read more


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In McCutcheon v. FEC, Shaun McCutcheon challenged a federal campaign law, known as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which limited individuals to $48,600 in contributions to candidates and $74,600 in contributions to political parties, with an aggregate cap of $123,200. The Supreme Court ruled that the aggregate limit unconstitutionally hindered political speech and did not... Read more Read more


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Despite calls from transparency groups, the SEC elected to take no action to compel disclosure of corporate political spending Read more


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The Treasury Department and the IRS propose new rules to clarify qualification requirements for tax-exempt status Read more


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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas blocks the confirmation of Tom Wheeler, nominee for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Read more


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James Bopp, Jr. files a petition for certiorari in Iowa Right to Life Committee v. Tooker. The Supreme Court declined to review the case, allowing the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which upheld a ban on corporate contributions in state elections to stand. Read more


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By a 2-to-1 vote, a Texas appellate court reverses the criminal conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who had been found guilty in 2010 of conspiracy and money laundering in the 2002 elections. Read more


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Federal Election Commission Chairman Donald McGahn resigns after the Senate Rules Committee unanimously approves Lee Goodman to replace him and Ann Ravel to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Commission. Read more


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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is pressed by the Federal Election Commission as to 23 contributions from possible foreign nationals. Read more



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