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A Welcome Rebuke to Campaign Contribution Discrimination in Illinois

Stephen R. Klein March 28, 2017

In late 2015, Claire Ball and Scott Schluter, two Libertarian candidates for state offices in Illinois, brought suit against Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Board of Elections to challenge a provision of the state’s election law that prohibited medical marijuana grow operations and dispensaries from contributing to state candidates. (I served as co-counsel in the case at the Pillar of Law Institute, along with the Liberty Justice Center in Chicago.) [Read More]


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Campaign Finance Takeaways from the 2016 Election

Luke Wachob January 17, 2017

2016 was a surprising year in politics. One surprise that hasn’t received much attention yet is the minimal role played by “money in politics” in the presidential election. One of the best-funded candidates in history, Hillary Clinton, lost to an opponent who raised less than half of what she did. Not just that, but independent supporters of Clinton outspent those advocating for Trump nearly 3-to-1.

How did this happen? Part of the explanation is that money’s role in elections is overstated. The list of candidates whose funding advantage failed to translate into votes on Election Day is long, including Eric Cantor, Linda McMahon, David Trone, and many more. Money can’t fool voters into supporting someone they don’t want to support.

But money is certainly an important part of campaigning. Campaign spending helps candidates get their message out and introduce themselves to voters. Money pays for staff, advertising, campaign swag, office space, travel and rallies. [Read More]


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Take heart voters: No matter who gets elected, the president can’t destroy the republic

Timothy Courtney October 27, 2016

Federalist Society member Donald Kochan writes for the Los Angeles Times:

The first installment of the Federalist Papers was published by Alexander Hamilton 229 years ago today — October 27, 1787. Writing under the pseudonym Publius, which he would share with John Jay and James Madison across the next several months, Hamilton launched the essential defense of the structure and purposes of the proposed new U.S. Constitution. The Federalist Papers still read as the philosophical blueprint of the American system of government.

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TELEFORUM: Nomination and Election Rules

Ben Ginsberg July 05, 2016

Convention season is upon us, and the procedural rules have never seemed more important. Indeed, as we approach the respective party conventions, many people are speculating on what might or might not happen under the rules of the conventions. Join as TODAY at 1:00pm EDT as election law expert Ben Ginsberg discusses this, and more.

Mr. Ginsberg previews his comments below:

The 2016 Republican Convention kicks off next week with meetings of the Rules and Platform committees in advance of the Convention’s July 18 start. We’ll look at the Platform process, how the Trump forces and their foes could use the Rules to impact the Convention, and the maneuvering already started over the 2020 Presidential nomination rules.

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