Posts Tagged ‘Campaigns and Elections’

Neil Reiff on McCutcheon: Parties Win

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

Neil Reiff was quoted in Campaigns & Elections magazine’s write-up on today’s McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court decision, striking down federal aggregate contribution limits. He told Campaigns & Elections that the “real winners will be national party committees. It’s been the national committees who are able to find and cultivate these larger donors. If an individual wants to triple max each year to the three national committees, that is $194,400 for the two-year cycle, way more than the aggregate limit.”

Under the old rules, an individual could only donate an aggregate of $74,600 per 2-year election cycle to all PAC and party committees, with a maximum contribution limit of $32,400 to any individual party committee. In addition, an individual could only donate an aggregate of $48,600 per cycle to all federal candidates, with a maximum contribution limit of $2,600 per candidate per election. Today’s decision strikes down the aggregate limits while preserving the contribution limits to individual candidates, PACs, and party committees.

Jim Lamb Fights False Super PAC Ads

Posted on February 11th, 2014

Jim Lamb’s successful track record in fighting false and misleading Super PACs was highlighted in an article in Campaigns and Elections today. The article discussed ways to fight back against Super PAC television ads, which are afforded much fewer first amendment protections than candidate-sponsored ads. The article highlights Mr. Lamb’s success in fighting back when the facts are outright wrong or false. Backed up with research, Mr. Lamb breaks down each claim made by the Super PAC with a news-sourced rebuttal, imploring the station to protect the public from “false, misleading, and deceptive advertising.”

To read the full article, click here.

Reiff Offers Preview of Campaign Finance in 2014

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Neil Reiff has written a new article for Campaigns and Elections magazine this morning, offering a preview of several campaign finance issues likely to come to the forefront in 2014. With 2014 midterms right around the corner, Mr. Reiff identifies five issues likely to make news in the new year:

  • Super PACs expanding their influence into state and local races
  • States raising contribution limits
  • The McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court case and its impacts on federal and state aggregate contribution limits
  • A continued push for more disclosure from 501(c)(4) groups, especially as it regards to political spending by such groups
  • Potential for a new push from Congress  to reform campaign finance laws, especially Super PAC

You can read Mr. Reiff’s entire article here.

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