Judge blocks part of Miss. campaign finance law Jackson Clarion Ledger A federal judge in north Mississippi has declared that part of the state's campaign finance law is unconstitutional because it creates burdens for people or groups that spend at...
Most regulations to inform voters about who's paying for political campaigns have focused on 20th century problems. In California, election officials are doing better at making campaign finance data available to the public. The Legislature is working on bills to require nonprofit organizations to reveal the sources of money they spend on politics and to force the top three funders of political ads to be boldly identified in the ads themselves.
These are good ideas for shining lights on the big money that dominates elections by buying up time for slick TV commercials. But what about those newer features of election politics, the smaller and more casual campaign messages that appear online in blogs, videos and social media? How do voters know if the people posting these pitches for candidates and ballot initiatives are fellow concerned citizens or, as increasingly is the case, paid propagandists?
A regulation to tackle that very modern problem is under consideration by the state Fair Political Practices Commission and deserves public support.
Regulation 18421.5 would require campaign committees to reveal when they pay someone to create digital content -- for, say, a blog or a Twitter account -- unless that information is provided in the content itself.
If people making persuasive arguments for an Assembly candidate or against a ballot proposition are just interested individuals without a connection to a campaign, great -- they don't have to be identified. But if they're really paid fronts for a campaign, or are have been put up to it by a deep-pocketed special interest with a stake in the election outcome, voters should be told.
ALBANY, N.Y. — The unexpected request by New York's anti-corruption commission that state lawmakers reveal their private law clients is bolstered by the state Bar Association and the practice in 20 other states that already require the disclosure...
Half of Americans say they would vote "for" a campaign finance law that establishes government funding of federal campaigns. Far more -- 79% -- would limit what congressional candidates can raise and spend on their own.
It will be at least two years before Southern California Edison ratepayers see an increase in their bill as a result of the undergrounding of high-voltage power lines through Chino Hills.A portion of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project...
by Marlene Berlin Something I saw on my morning walk one day last week stopped me in my tracks. At 32nd and Davenport was an orange truck belonging to Asplundh, otherwise known as Pepco's tree pruners (or hackers, ...
Christian Science Monitor Supreme Court, campaign finance, and civic literacy Christian Science Monitor On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case challenging a limit on the number of contributions that individuals can give to federal...
Most state lawmakers supplement their legislative job with one in the private sector. To reduce the conflicts of interest that inevitably arise from this, states are considering revising their ethics laws.
Attendees at Bloomingdale Civic Association meetings may recall seeing Pepco's Donna Cooper speaking about Bloomingdale power outages. Be advised that she has been promoted to Pepco Region President. See this ...
By Karen Shanton Is North Carolina’s new photo voter ID requirement an unlawful additional qualification on the right to vote? That’s the central question in the lead argument of a state lawsuit filed against the requirement last Tuesday.
7OYS: Pepco installs energy saver unit without notifying homeowner WJLA Then, he got mad. “I called Pepco and you know, I told them I was outside and saw this box attached to my house and she said, 'Oh, that is an energy saver box,'" explains Hammer.
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