Tag Archives: Campaign Finance

West Virginia Moves to Nonpartisan Judicial Elections in 2016

By: Stephanie Wilmes As of 2013, thirteen states used nonpartisan judicial elections to select their state Supreme Court justice, and eighteen states used nonpartisan elections to select trial court judges at all levels. On March 25, 2015, West Virginia joined … Continue reading

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NY Loophole Allows Individual’s $4.3 Million in Direct Contributions

By: Dan Carroll Given the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court’s decisions upending federal campaign finance law in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the average voter might be surprised to find out that federal law … Continue reading

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Toeing the Line: FEC, DOJ, and Coordination Between Super PACs and Candidates

By Staff Writer: Five years ago, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and Speechnow v. FEC led to the creation of Super PACs, or independent expenditure-only political committees. Super PACs differ from candidate or political party committees … Continue reading

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“War Chests” and Political Spending in Massachusetts: Are Unions and Corporations Similarly Situated?

By Allison Davis In March of 2015, two family-owned companies headquartered in Massachusetts filed suit in state court challenging certain provisions of Massachusetts’ campaign finance laws. The provisions in question prohibit corporations and corporate PACs from contributing to candidates or … Continue reading

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William & Mary Election Law Society Co-President Published

By William & Mary Election Law Society We are excited to announce that Allison Davis, one of this year’s co-presidents of the Election Law Society, has been accepted for publication in the William & Mary Business Law Review, Vol. 7 (2016). Davis’s note, “Presupposing … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s Governor’s Race marred by Campaign Finance Allegations

By Lance Woods: Since 1970, no Pennsylvania Governor has lost a reelection bid, however Pennsylvania’s 2014 Governor’s race ended with Tom Wolf (D) defeating incumbent Gov. Corbett (R). The election is arguably Pennsylvania’s most expensive, with Governor-elect Wolf spending $27.9 … Continue reading

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Oil-lections: North Dakota Elections Are Corrupted But Nothing Needs To Change

By August Johannsen North Dakota is perhaps best known for the Midwestern “charm” portrayed in the 1996 film, Fargo. However, even that movie took place almost entirely in Minnesota. In other words, North Dakota is about as nondescript a State … Continue reading

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California’s Continuing Complicated Relationship with Direct Democracy

By: Aaron Colby This year, like other states, California worked to complete another midterm election season. Also like other states, this means that candidates participated in major fundraising and spending efforts, to increase their chances of a favorable election result. … Continue reading

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New York’s Battle with Campaign Finance Reform

By Fahad Naheem New York stands on the frontlines of one of the most contested election law issues that faces our country today. In his State of the State Address, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that New York must take affirmative … Continue reading

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Texas is Shining the Light on the Dark Money in State Politics

By Vanessa Rogala The Lone Star State has decided to shine some of its Texas sun on the dark money used in elections. “Dark money” is a phrase commonly used to describe donations made by undisclosed donors. For the last … Continue reading

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