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Did the US Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC Put the Constitutionality of Some Pay-to-Play Laws in Doubt?

Posted in Citizens United, First Amendment, In The News

 Much has already been written about the impact of the US Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC this week; some of it actually accurate. On its face, the ruling in that case has to do with aggregate contribution limits and has nothing to do with state pay-to-play laws. (If you want to read one… Continue Reading

Is it Illegal “Pay-to-Play” for a Government Contractor or National Bank to Contribute to a Super PAC?

Posted in Citizens United, Compliance, Federal Contractors

A new complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission yesterday alleging that Chevron USA violated campaign finance laws and corollary “federal pay-to-play” laws by contributing $2.5 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied by press reporting and former staffers to House Speaker Boehner.

Proposed Pay-to-Play Laws in the Wake of Citizens United v. FEC: Congress and States get in on the Act

Posted in Citizens United

Citizens United v. FEC has sparked election law commentary over the limits of government efforts to restrict political speech. Most recently, Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) are set to unveil “responsive” federal legislation containing federal pay-to-play prohibitions with the apparent support of at least one Republican, Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.).