More news from down the rabbit hole here.
Learned me some history about disclosure waivers granted by the FEC... Did you know that we have, to date, had two? One to the NAACP and one to the Socialist Worker's Party. In both cases, it was because contributors were being harassed for their aid to these groups at various points in time.
Well, the TP has asked for the same status because of the harassment of their contributors. (Evidence: the IRS harassing the TP and their contributors last spring.) And right now we have a hung commission...
Our first SCOTUS case on the docket is possibly the most important one to me... Campaign Finance Legislation. OMG. Don't get me started on this one. I will have lesson plans up later in the year as I approach that topic. Probably around early November.
I couldn't wait, though. This is one of those issues that just gets me going. Maybe you, too.
Frontline did a great job looking at this during the last fall election cycle. That would be "Big Sky, Big Money." It is so good, that I do have my students watch this full episode of frontline. There is so much to talk about in this, but there is a great interview of Jim Bopp, one of the lawyers who brought Citizens United to the SCOTUS.
And just in time for this court case, the Sunlight Foundation released new research on Koch brother backed special interest.
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