March 17, 2017 | dark money watch | Frank Bass and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
The Federal Election Commission’s reputation as the “Failure to Enforce Commission” took another hit last month when Commissioner Ann Ravel resigned, blasting the panel in a scathing, 25-page report. While Ravel’s resignation leaves the commission with one vacancy and five members whose terms have expired, the Democrat said the agency’s dysfunction had reached the point … Continue reading “Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation”
March 02, 2017 | MapLight | Andrew Perez
Leading manufacturers of birth control pills and contraceptive devices helped elect Republican lawmakers eager to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a MapLight review of federal campaign finance data. Through their own political action committees, the six firms provided a combined $1.9 million in direct support to GOP House and Senate candidates during … Continue reading “Contraceptive Makers Helped Elect Republican Congress Ready To Defund Planned Parenthood”
February 19, 2017 | MapLight | Frank Bass
Major campaign finance violations “are swept under the rug and the resulting dark money has left Americans uninformed about the sources of campaign spending,” a Federal Election Commission member wrote in a scathing report released with her resignation letter. Ann Ravel, an FEC member appointed to the six-member regulatory panel in 2013 by former President … Continue reading “FEC Member Quits, Citing “Free Pass” for Campaign Finance Violators in Scathing Report”
February 10, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
When it comes to dark money — money spent trying to influence voters by groups that do not disclose their donors — the focus is often on the federal level. But a considerable amount of dark money is also going to state and local elections. Our weekly roundup looks at dark money spending at the … Continue reading “What’s New In Local Dark Money News”
February 08, 2017 | Bloomberg | Opinion
President Donald Trump has promised to eliminate a longstanding prohibition on political campaigning by religious organizations. It’s a bad idea, and the devout should be first in line to oppose it.
February 07, 2017 | Boston Globe | Opinion
President Trump recently promised, with typical bombast, to “totally destroy” a law known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and other tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates.
February 07, 2017 | McClatchy | News
Republican President Donald Trump's pledge to scrap limits on church political activity could have sweeping effects that extend beyond his conservative supporters to more liberal congregations, including the black evangelical church that has long been a key component of the Democratic Party's electoral machinery.
February 06, 2017 | Nonprofit Quarterly | Opinion
The editors give their opinion of Trump's announcement that he would like to end the Johnson amendment.
February 04, 2017 | New York Times | News
The document carried the title “A Roadmap to Repeal,” a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day.
February 03, 2017 | The Campaign Legal Center | Opinion
Although framed in terms of religious liberty, rolling back limitations on political activities by charities and churches could offer billionaire donors a way to not only influence elections anonymously, but also to get a charitable tax deduction for doing so.