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Colorado Lawsuit Challenging the Wisdom of the Ballot Box

January 31, 2012

Professor Will Huhn is quoted in today's New York Times regarding the legal challenge to Colorado's Tabor Amendment.

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Congress responds to the Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance decision

February 19, 2010

There has been a swift response by Congress to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling on January 21.   Concerns focus on unregulated âbig moneyâ in politics leading to conflicts of interest and corruption.  Corporations, Unions and contractors can now directly fund advertising calling for the election or defeat of federal and state candidates.  […]

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Corporate Campaign Contributions in Ohio

January 29, 2010

Last week I posted information on how to track corporate election contributions under federal election law.  This week I will show you where to find campaign contributions for Ohio elections.

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Is the state really just facilitating private ordering when it grants corporate status?

January 23, 2010

I think not.

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How much money and to which candidate, did corporations donate in the last election?

January 22, 2010

The recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. FEC, deals with corporations, unions and other groups contributing to independent campaign advertising.  This case is discussed by others in this blog.      Related to this case, did you know that campaign contributions are made publically available by the Federal Election Commission?  You can find out who contributed, how […]

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It's all politics now.

January 22, 2010

The fundamental premise of the Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC is that a corporation should have the same First Amendment rights to engage in political speech as any citizen, because a corporation is simply an "association of citizens" in the "corporate form." I think this is going to lead to the politicization of […]

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Coleman v. Franken and Bush v. Gore

July 1, 2009

     The Minnesota Supreme Court decided in favor of Al Franken yesterday, declaring him the winner of the 2008 election for U.S. Senator in the State of Minnesota.  One of Norm Coleman's arguments was that the counting of the absentee ballots violated his rights under the Equal Protection Clause under the case of Bush v. […]

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At the polling place

November 6, 2008

I was a poll observer on election day. I saw: One poll worker who called everybody "baby," as in: "Have you ever voted before, baby? Well, sweetie, you just fill out the bubble for the person you want, OK baby? But don't write anybody's name down there where it says 'write-in,' baby, because then you're […]

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What is Voter Registration Fraud and Should We Care?

October 19, 2008

Presidential candidate John McCain said in last week's debate that ACORN, a group pushing to register over a million new voters this election cycle, "is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy."  Wow.  Very strong words.  But is […]

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Handy Dandy Summit County Election Guide

October 15, 2008

As a class project in my Election Law class, two of my students prepared a brief, nonpartisan "Elizabeth and Clarissa's Handy Dandy Summit County 2008 Election Guide." (I have changed their names to protect their anonymity.) They were dismayed to find how difficult it was to find information about various candidates and issues. They recommend […]

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Ohio Election Law Action!

September 13, 2008

Ohio looks to be an important swing state (again!) in the upcoming Presidential elections. But you might not have realized that legal issues may determine the outcome. Efforts to settle these issues in advance seem to have failed. Here are a few of the battles currently being fought:

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