Campaign Finance

The flood of money into politics remains a matter of pressing national concern. So does the manner in which President Trump engages in a permanent campaign while serving in office.

Versus Trump: Movin' Right Along

4/12/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie revisit two lawsuits in which the Plaintiffs have recently successfully fought off motions to dismiss and been allowed to proceed. And in a new installment of "Sanctions Corner with Uncle Charlie," Charlie answers questions about the FBI raid on the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Listen now!

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Voting Wars and Justice Scalia, with Rick Hasen

3/29/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Jason talks to Rick Hasen, a leading election law scholar and purveyor of the Election Law Blog, about what's going on at the voting booth, possible campaign finance law violations by both Trump and Clinton in the 2016 cycle, and Justice Scalia, who is the subject of Rick's new book, The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption. Listen now!

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

A First Amendment for All? Free Expression in an Age of Inequality

2/28/18  //  Latest Developments

Announcing a conference on how the First Amendment can advance the pursuit of social and economic equality

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Remembering Buckley's Mistakes

1/31/18  //  In-Depth Analysis

By Stuart McPhail: Money isn't speech. It's time to revision Supreme Court cases that say otherwise.

Take Care

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Republican Party has used a combination of dark money, voter ID laws, and political gerrymandering to tip the political scales in its favor, wrote Ari Berman at Rolling Stone. Several of President Trump's financial backers are profiting off Trump campaign entities, raising campaign finance concerns in the process.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The FEC Commissioner released a statement about a current lawsuit that seeks to enjoin the FEC from revealing the identities of individuals who helped hide the source of a $1.7 million political contribution.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The D.C. Circuit rejected a challenge to separate federal campaign contribution limits in primary and general elections.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of October 30, 2017

11/5/17  //  Daily Update

Many politically active nonprofit organizations and candidates have failed to pay FEC-imposed fines with few consequences, according to the Center for Public Integrity.

Updates | The Week of August 21, 2017

8/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump continues to break fundraising records with a focus on small donors.

Updates | The Week of August 14, 2017

8/20/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's re-election campaign spending on Donald Trump Jr.'s defense lawyer may violate campaign finance laws.

Versus Trump: The Collusion Lawsuit

7/27/17  //  Uncategorized

On this week’s episode of Versus Trump, Charlie and Easha discuss a newly-filed lawsuit brought by private plaintiffs who allege that Trump's campaign and Trump advisor Roger Stone conspired with Russians to disclose private information about the plaintiffs. Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Trump Jr. and Citizens United

7/13/17  //  Commentary

In a perfect world, federal election law would distinguish between foreign governments involving themselves in U.S. elections and foreign nationals doing so. Unfortunately, we don't live in that perfect world because of the Supreme Court.

Michael C. Dorf

Cornell Law School

Arresting the Deterioration of Democracy

3/31/17  //  Commentary

Troubling signs abound for American constitutional democracy. It isn't (yet) too late to halt the decline. But that will require the creation and implementation of a robust democracy agenda.

Daniel P. Tokaji

Ohio State, Moritz College of Law

The Story Thus Far: Campaign Finance

3/16/17  //  Daily Update

The resignation of an FEC commissioner may have given Trump an opportunity to reshape the campaign finance landscape. Here are some useful analyses of the story thus far.

Updates | The Week of April 10, 2017

4/16/17  //  Daily Update

This week saw analysis of Justice Gorsuch's past opinions on voting rights and free speech cases.

Updates | The Week of June 5, 2017

6/11/17  //  Daily Update

Bob Bauer argues the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia may constitute a campaign finance crime.

Updates | The Week of April 17, 2017

4/23/17  //  Daily Update

The New York Times provided in-depth analysis of the unprecedented amount of money given to the Trump Administration for its inauguration festivities.