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In wake of McCutcheon case, states abandon aggregate contribution limits

Early this month, the United States Supreme Court invalidated federal aggregate limits on individual political contributions in the case McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission.... ...In McCutcheon, the Court...more

FEC Publishes Post-McCutcheon Revised Contribution Limits For 2013-2014

The Federal Election Commission's revised federal contribution limits for 2013-2014 removed any reference to the biennial aggregate limit which was recently stuck down by the Supreme Court in McCutcheon v. FEC. ...more

Last Week At The FEC: Agreement On Dormant Funds But Confrontation Over Enforcement

Last week the Federal Election Commission held an executive session on April 1 and an open meeting on April 3. It adopted a revised Advisory Opinion regarding the use of dormant funds by the Solano County Democratic Central...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

April filing deadlines for State and Federal PACs and Independent Expenditure Committees

Most people think of April 15th as the tax filing deadline but two important campaign reports are also due next week. Minnesota political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent...more

Supreme Court Rewrites the Rules for Individual Campaign Contributions: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

On April 2, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered the McCutcheon decision, addressing the facial validity of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “BCRA”). This case involved a...more

Election-Year Activities for Your Nonprofit: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls and Understanding the Evolving Landscape

In this presentation: - McCutcheon Case - 501(c)(3) versus 501(c)(4) or (6) - Ideas for your 501(c)(3) -501(c)(4) activities –Permissible uses –Federal disclosure –State...more

What Does McCutcheon Mean for Wisconsin Campaign Finance Law?

On April 2, the United States Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, 572 U.S. __ (2014). The case was closely watched because it presented the Court the opportunity to revisit the framework...more

U.S. Supreme Court Finds Aggregate Limits on Federal Campaign Contribution are Unconstitutional

On April 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that aggregate contribution limits, those limits placed on an individual’s overall direct contributions during a two-year election cycle, were...more

Political Law Briefing - April 2014

In this issue: - Supreme Court Strikes Down Cap on Total Individual Contributions, Aftershocks Likely to Have Bigger Impact than Ruling Itself - Upcoming Event - Excerpt from Supreme Court Strikes Down...more

Supreme Court strikes down individual aggregate contribution limits

The United States Supreme Court has struck down a long-standing campaign finance provision that limited the total amount that individuals may contribute to federal political candidates and committees. The decision, in the...more

United States Supreme Court Invalidates Aggregate Contribution Limits In Federal Campaign Finance Law

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, invalidating federal statutory aggregate limits on the amount of money that an individual may contribute to all...more

Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision Invalidates Aggregate Limits

Yesterday, in a five-to-four decision written by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the aggregate limits restricting the total contributions individual donors could make to candidates, political action...more

Supreme Court Invalidates Federal Aggregate Limit on Campaign Contributions

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of federal campaign contribution laws yesterday morning in McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Commission (No. 12-536). The Court’s 5-4 decision held that federal aggregate limits on...more

"Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions"

On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. The 5-4 opinion held that the individual aggregate...more

Ramifications of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Campaign Finance Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in an important campaign finance case frees individual political donors to contribute to an unlimited number of federal campaigns and committees, as long as each contribution is within...more

Last Week at the FEC: Audit Reports, Budgets, and Strategic Planning

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released an additional draft Advisory Opinion in AO 2014-01, Solano County Democratic Central Committee, extended its time for consideration of AO 2014-02, Make Your...more

Compliance Corner: Contribution Attribution and Federal Primary Dates for 2014

With 2014 being a federal election year, and primary elections occurring during a span of just six quick months, it is important to keep an eye on the dates of those primaries when making political contributions to avoid a...more

Last Week at the FEC: Audit Reports, Budgets and Strategic Planning

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in open and executive sessions on Thursday, March 6. During its open Session the Commission adopted technical corrections to its regulations and approved Final Audit Reports for...more

Political Law Briefing - March 2014

In this issue: - The Return of Party Soft Money? - The FEC Increases the Lobbyist Bundling Threshold and Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from The Return of Party...more

Last Week at the FEC: Commission Asked to Approve a Framework for Acceptance and Use of Bitcoins

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but made public AOR 2014-02, an Advisory Opinion Request from Make Your Laws PAC ("MYL PAC") related to Bitcoins, as well as a Final Audit Report related to the North...more

Last Week at the FEC: Potential Compromise For Disclaimers in Mobile Advertisements

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on Tuesday, February 4 but canceled its open meeting scheduled for February 6. The Commission was able to release a supplement to the underlying opinion...more

Last Week at the FEC: Tracking of Staff Work by State and Local Party Committees

Last week the Federal Election Commission held an opening meeting during which it approved Audit Division recommendations related to the manner in which the Dallas County Republican Party and the Republican Party of Iowa have...more

Last Week at the FEC: Deadlock regarding Crossroads GPS’s Major Purpose Inquiry

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but released opposing statements related to a deadlocked vote on MUR 6396, Crossroads GPS, in December. The Commission also released its factual and legal analysis in...more

FEC Roundup

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) had a busy fall season, beginning with the announcement of two new appointments, and culminating in the consideration of several important matters. The following summary represents a few...more

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