Versus Trump: Vs. The Inaugural Committee, Plus Bolton Update
On this week’s Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason look at a new lawsuit by D.C. claiming that Trump's inaugural committee overpaid for space at the Trump Hotel and thus "wasted" at least $1 million in charitable funds. Spoiler alert: the lawsuit seems convincing. Listen now!
For Campaign Finance Violators, Crime Pays
Michael D. Gilbert and Samir Sheth: As the 2020 election cycle gets underway, more super PACs might flout the rules, confident that their punishment won’t fit the crime
Versus Trump: Movin' Right Along
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!
Versus Trump: Voting Wars and Justice Scalia, with Rick Hasen
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!
Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018
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
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.
Updates | The Week of October 30, 2017
Many politically active nonprofit organizations and candidates have failed to pay FEC-imposed fines with few consequences, according to the Center for Public Integrity.
Trump Jr. and Citizens United
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.
Arresting the Deterioration of Democracy
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.
Versus Trump: The Collusion Lawsuit
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!
The Story Thus Far: Campaign Finance
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 17, 2017
The New York Times provided in-depth analysis of the unprecedented amount of money given to the Trump Administration for its inauguration festivities.