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Time to Make Souter Dissent on Citizens United Public

It could air the court's 'dirty laundry': Richard Hasen

(Newser) - The Supreme Court could soon revisit the issue of campaign finance, and it's time we heard David Souter's opinion on the matter. Souter wrote an unpublished draft dissent against Citizens United, the case that opened the door to super PACs; it was an issue dear to his heart,...

Ted Kennedy&#39;s Ghost: Please, Overturn ObamaCare
Ted Kennedy's Ghost:
Please, Overturn ObamaCare
OPINION

Ted Kennedy's Ghost: Please, Overturn ObamaCare

Jonathan Rauch has a conversation with the dead senator about judicial activism

(Newser) - Liberals should really hope the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act, Ted Kennedy tells Jonathan Rauch for the New York Daily News. "I'm surprised," Rauch writes, "and not just because I'm talking to a dead senator." Wouldn't liberals hate to lose President...

Jimmy Carter: Mitt Romney Wouldn't Be So Bad

Ex-president also calls Citizens United ruling 'stupid'

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter isn't losing sleep over the prospect of Mitt Romney winning the 2012 election. In an interview with MSNBC, spotted by Mediaite , Carter said that, though he would prefer to see Barack Obama win, "of all the Republican candidates who were prominent, I think Romney would be...

Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Citizens United

Ginsburg, Breyer think Montana ruling will be a chance to reverse decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer say will give it a chance to rethink its infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision. The court is being asked to look into a Montana Supreme Court decision stating that its law restricting...

Citizens United Unleashed the 'Crankocrats'

Timothy Noah points out that corporations aren't the ones funding super PACs

(Newser) - When the Citizens United decision came down, many people expected a corporate takeover of the political system. But that hasn't happened, Timothy Noah of The New Republic points out. Corporations wanted no part of campaign controversy. Instead, super PACs are fueled by "crankocrats," tycoons like Foster Friess,...

Pro-Romney Super PAC Taking Fed Contractor Money

Banned for 36 years, controversial donations may now be allowed

(Newser) - Ah, Citizens United , the political can of worms that keeps on opening. Federal contractors have been banned from making political donations for 36 years, but because of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, it's now unclear whether they can give to super PACs. American Crossroads (a Republican super PAC)...

Justices Signal High Court May Rethink Citizens United

Ginsburg, Breyer say real-world results rebut original ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Montana Supreme Court ruling against corporate campaign funding, appearing once again to support the unlimited corporate spending it allowed with the Citizens United case of 2010 . But maybe not? Comments in Friday's order by justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer hint...

Stop the Billionaires: Amend the Constitution
Stop the Billionaires:
Amend the Constitution
OPINION

Stop the Billionaires: Amend the Constitution

Jonathan Alter: Citizens United, super PACs killing our democracy

(Newser) - To Jonathan Alter, it's already clear that the 2012 presidential election will be "one of the most corrupt in US history." It's all thanks to Citizens United, the court ruling that allows a "tiny group of billionaires"—the current crop includes Sheldon Adelson , the...

Colbert Making Supreme Court Look Stupid

Dahlia Lithwick says court is ill-equipped to deal with comedy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has had plenty of powerful foils over the years, like Andrew Jackson and FDR, "but in the history of the Supreme Court, nothing has ever prepared the justices for the public opinion wrecking ball that is Stephen Colbert," writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate . With his...

Citizens United Takes Center Stage in Election 2012

Ruling that created super PACs having huge effect

(Newser) - The underlying theme of the GOP race this year seems to be Citizens United, observes Law.com . The Supreme Court decision that led to the creation of super PACs funded by unlimited donations is getting its first real-world test, and the results are hard to miss. Most notably: The super...

Romney's Super PAC Is Destroying Gingrich

And he can thank the Citizens United ruling

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich might well be the first big-name casualty of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that rewrote the rules on campaign financing. The decision cleared the way for "super PACs" like the one backing Mitt Romney called Restore Our Future, which has poured $2.8 million so...

Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief
 Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief 
study says

Obama Is Fundraiser in Chief

He's held more events than the last five guys

(Newser) - Barack Obama has held more fundraising events in his first term than any of the last five presidents—and it’s not terribly close. According to new research reported by USA Today , Obama has held a whopping 127 fundraising events so far, outpacing George W. Bush (88), Bill Clinton (76),...

High Court Strikes Campaign Finance Reform Law

Arizona law violates First Amendment, says ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law today in a decision that advocates for stricter campaign finance regulation see as a blow, the National Journal reports. The law allowed the state to give additional subsidies to publicly financed candidates for every dollar their wealthier, privately financed opponents raised over...

Obama Looks to Crack Down on Secret Donations

Administration actions would replace law Congress fails to pass

(Newser) - The Obama administration has drafted an executive order that would force all companies seeking government contracts to disclose their donations to groups airing political ads, as part of a multi-pronged attack on the kind of anonymous campaign spending Republicans walloped Democrats with last year. The FEC is also moving to...

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear 'Citizens United' for Nonprofits

Won't consider looser donation rules on PACs

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today declined without comment a case that sought to extend Citizens United's lax spending rules to nonprofits, the Christian Science Monitor reports. SpeechNow.org, a conservative advocacy group, had sued the Federal Election Commission in an attempt to loosen restrictions on political action committees, which it likens...

Steele to Nancy Pelosi: Put Up or Shut Up

Also, he's not irrelevant

(Newser) - Michael Steele has had it with Democrats whining about the GOP taking money from foreign donors, reports Politico, and today went on the offensive, telling Nancy Pelosi to "put up or shut up." “If you think there is something out there, disclose it Nancy,” Steele told...

Thomases Are Epic in Their Bad Judgment
 Thomases Are Epic 
 in Their Bad Judgment 
MAUREEN DOWD

Thomases Are Epic in Their Bad Judgment

Ginni's wacky phone call nothing next to political endeavors

(Newser) - Ginni Thomas, intending to very belatedly salvage her man's reputation, instead made a mockery of it, opines Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. And while "it's too late to relitigate the shameful Thomas-Hill hearings," Ginni Thomas' errant phone call is just the latest instance of "supremely...

Liberals Crank Up Heat on GOP Donors

They ask Justice Department, IRS to investigate

(Newser) - Democrats and liberal activist groups are launching a full-scale assault on the conservative groups that have been making it rain this election cycle. MoveOn.org and nonprofits like Public Citizen and Public Campaign are asking the Justice Department and the IRS to investigate these groups and their sources of funding,...

Corporate Cash Won't Ruin American Democracy
Corporate Cash Won't Ruin American Democracy
OPINION

Corporate Cash Won't Ruin American Democracy

Supreme Court's ruling on political spending matters less than thought

(Newser) - Barack Obama and many others would have you believe that the flood of corporate money that was unleashed after the "Citizens United" ruling will drown American democracy. But just how valid is all their moaning? Not very, writes the Economist in its Lexington column. Though special interests are spending...

Democrats' Big Money Men Sitting Out 2010

Conservative groups outspending liberal ones by 7 to 1 margin

(Newser) - The Democrats' normal stable of megadonors has largely failed to show up for the 2010 race, while their Republican counterparts are going wild, the New York Times reports. Even reliable donors like George Soros are sitting on their wallets—Soros “believes that he can be most effective by funding...

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