42 Democrats Favor Ending the 1st Amendment Protections of Political Free Speech

Senate Democrats pushed ahead this week in their effort to revise the First Amendment. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell testifiedagainst the Democrat’s so-called Political Equality Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Senate Republicans on the committee highlighted the multitude of potential devastating impacts this amendment would have on First Amendment free speech protections. As addressed in the previous post, the proposal would vest Congress with the power to regulate campaign fundraising and expenditures in federal campaigns.

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Senate Dems Seek to Amend the First Amendment: Part II

The introduction of the so-called Political Equality Amendment marks the first instance in American history where Congress has put forward a serious proposal to roll back a portion of the Bill of Rights, according to former FEC Chairman Don McGahn. By introducing this amendment, Senate Democrats have effectively admitted that what they want to do is unconstitutional: restrict campaign finance dollars. As discussed in a previous post, the proposed amendment empowers Congress to regulate campaign fundraising and spending in federal elections and it gives state legislatures the authority to regulate state races.

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Online Voting Advocates Overlook Clear Problems

In 2010, the District of Colombia abandoned its internet voting system before it was activated after University of Michigan professor Alex Halderman and his students hacked the system and changed the outcome of the mock vote. In response in response to recent publications by the Daily Kos and other progressive online voting advocates, Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow with The Heritage Foundation, recently published an op-ed criticizing this dangerous trend.

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Harry’s Dirty Amendment

Noted liberal constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe once described the First Amendment as the Constitution’s “most majestic guarantee,” Harry Reid, however, is not impressed.

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City Councilwoman in Tennessee Enlists Felons for Votes

Former Bolivar, TN City Councilwoman Brenda Woods was recently sentenced for corralling felons to vote for her in the city’s 2009 municipal elections. Woods transported three felons, including two relatives, to the polls to cast votes for her. She used this method for her election to city council and also for her failed mayoral bid.

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Using the First Amendment to shut others up

One emerging axiom in the perpetual war over campaign finance law is those who seek to silence others shout the loudest. No two fit the zeitgeist better than Harry Reid and Campaign Legal Center. The unfortunate irony is both use the very protections enshrined in the Constitution to foster speech as a bludgeon of suppression.

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McCutcheon Speaks on His Landmark Case

Shaun McCutcheon, the successful plaintiff in McCutcheon v. FEC, wrote a powerful op-ed last week defending the Supreme Court’s decision as Senate Democrats continue to criticize the ruling. Shaun McCutcheon is an Alabama small business owner in the field of electrical engineering who wanted to donate more than the campaign aggregate limits permitted. Those who attend this year’s RNLA Annual Seminar in Las Vegas will have the distinct privilege of hearing Mr. McCutcheon speak in-depth on his experiences.

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Shocking Discovery that Lerner Connected to IRS Scandal in 2010

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently obtained an email addressed to former IRS official Lois Lerner sent from Election Crimes Branch Director Richard Pilger at the Justice Department. The email addressed to Lerner stated that, “I have been asked to run something by you.” During the Committee’s investigation, Public Integrity Section Chief Jack Smith told investigators that officials at the Justice Department discussed targeting conservative nonprofit groups with Lerner as early as October 2010. The Committee reasons that, “[w]hile we knew that the Justice Department engaged with the IRS in May 2013 to consider prosecution of political active nonprofits, we were shocked to learn that this engagement started in October 2010.”

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Senate Dems Seek to Amend the First Amendment

In the wake of McCutcheon v. FEC, Democratic Senator Tom Udall has proposed a constitutional amendment in S.J. Res 19. The so-called Political Equality Amendment would vest Congress with the power to regulate election fundraising, contribution caps, and campaign spending as they see fit. The text of the proposed Amendment reads: 

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Whatever-it-Takes Philosophy for Confirmation and a Nominee

On Tuesday, the White House indicated that it will comply with a Second Circuit decision and publicly release a copy of the secret legal memo authorizing the killing of American citizens overseas with drone strikes. This news comes on the heels of the looming confirmation vote for First Circuit Court of Appeals nominee David Barron. As discussed in an earlier post, this memo was authored by Mr. Barron. After it became clear that withholding this memo would likely cost Barron his confirmation, the White House is attempting to sway hesitant Democratic senators by producing the document. However, Barron must still jump the hurdle of the content of this memo.

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