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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Holder: ID for His Press Conference, but Opposes ID to vote

Attorney General Eric Holder will hold a press conference today in Washington to announce major law enforcement action. Interestingly, a bold notice appears at the bottom of the press release for this event reading:

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David Barron is the Wrong Nominee for the First Circuit Court of Appeals

David Barron’s appointment to the First Circuit Court of Appeals is detrimental to the integrity of the judiciary for three reasons. First, during his time with the Justice Department, Barron wrote the opinion justifying the drone killing of an American Citizen without due process, Anwar al-Awlaki. Second, he has long advocated for the courts to be used to justify the expansion of government regulatory authority. Third, both Republican and Democratic Senators oppose his nomination.

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Recent Tennessee Voter Fraud Could Jeopardize Election Results

Tennessee officials have uncovered clear evidence of voter fraud so significant that they may refuse to certify the election. The fraudulent voters had already cast their absentee ballots before they also decided to appear at the polls on Election Day. The election worker for Davidson County was fired in the wake of this revelation, and Tennessee Election Commissioner Mark Goins has recommended referring the fraudulent voters to prosecutors.

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