campaign finance

The Supreme Court Is Killing Contribution Limits Softly; A Few Years from Now They Likely Will Be Dead.

December 29, 2019

The Thompson v. Hebdon per curium opinion is the latest example of the Roberts Supreme Court’s hostility to reasonable money in politics reforms like contribution limits, and its insistence on ignoring empirical data about campaign finance. In Thompson v. Hebdon, the Court remanded the case so that the Ninth Circuit could “revisit whether Alaska’s contribution…

Super PACs and the Market for Data

November 2, 2018

As the midterm elections approach, money is flowing into the coffers of candidates, parties, and outside groups at unprecedented rates. Meanwhile the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has, by many accounts, softened its enforcement of campaign finance laws. Clever political operatives and their lawyers stand ready to exploit the regulatory vacuum. This post focuses on one…

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