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Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2012

Campaign Finance Reform

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/

The impact of money on politics has become increasingly pronounced as a 2012 chart by Mother Jones makes clear States, cities and the federal government have tried in various ways to curb the corrupting influence of money on political elections and political decision making.  But these laws have almost always been overturned by the US… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2011

It’s Labor vs. Capital, Stupid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/its-labor-vs-capital-stupid/

A few months ago Nassim Taleb, author of the Black Swan, an influential book about the crucial importance of unpredictable, unforeseen events on our financial system was asked whether the hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in Greece was a Black Swan event. He replied, “No. The real Black Swan event is that people… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on May 1, 2010

8 Words That Could Save Our Country

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/8-words-could-save-our-country/

A rogue Supreme Court seems hellbent on establishing a corporate oligarchy. Congress can’t stop it. Every time Congress or state legislatures tries to curb the power of billionaires or mega corporations the Court slaps them down. Citizens United v. FEC, the recent Supreme Court decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums of money to influence elections is only the most recent step in this process. There will be more. But the shocking decision may be sufficient to galvanize a political movement that can change the rules and ensure our democracy.

We can save our country by adding eight words to the fundamental law of the land, the US Constitution. "Corporations are not persons." "Money is not speech." Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Buckley v. Valeo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2187-2/

The US Supreme Court’s 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo constitutes a central obstacle to effective campaign finace reform. The ruling does this in two ways: First, equating money with speech, the decision prohibited governments from imposing spending limits on candidates. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Nixon v. Shrink

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2186-2/

Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC is the first Supreme Court ruling on contribution limits since since 1976, when in the landmark decision Buckley vs. Valeo , 424 U.S. 1 it said free-speech rights trump any attempt to limit a candidate’s spending. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Local Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2185-2/

Over 80 local governments have passed some form of campaign finance legislation. The National Civic League has compiled an Inventory of Local Reforms of those it knows about. Over half of those reforms have been enacted since 1990 and it is likely that there are more reforms out there yet to be discovered. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2184-2/

Oregon’s 1994 Ballot Measure 6 amended the state constitution to allow candidates to "use or direct only contributions which originate from individuals who at the time of their donation were residents of the electoral district of the public office sought by the candidate."(Oregon Constitution Art. II, § 22) It imposed a 10 percent cap on the total amount of money a candidate could accept from contributors residing outside the district. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Alaska Limit on Out-of-State Contributions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2183-2/

In 1996 the Alaska Legislature adopted a campaign finance reform law that banned contributions from business and unions and capped campaign contributions at $500 per individual. The new law also put a cap on the contributions that a candidate for governor, lieutenant governor or state legislator could receive from individuals not living in Alaska. Continue reading

Rule filed under The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 1, 2008

Campaign Finance Reform – Connecticut

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/campaign/2176-2/

In the wake of numerous high-profile state and municipal campaign scandals, the Connecticut legislature, in 2005, established the Citizens Election Program and corresponding Citizen Election Fund to publicly finance statewide elections. In 2006, the law was amended to correct flaws that added an unnecessary step for minority party candidates. Continue reading