June 24, 2015 •
On June 22, 2015, a lawsuit was filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking the court to direct the FEC to find the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has made and accepted prohibited in-kind contributions when hosting presidential debates. […]
On June 22, 2015, a lawsuit was filed against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking the court to direct the FEC to find the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has made and accepted prohibited in-kind contributions when hosting presidential debates.
The plaintiff, Level the Playing Field, alleges the CPD violated 11 C.F.R. §110.13 by “staging candidate debates in a partisan manner and without pre-established, objective criteria.”
The lawsuit asserts, “[T]he CPD has rigged the rules governing who can be in the debates to ensure that no candidate other than the Democratic and Republican nominees will ever be invited to the debates. … [T]he CPD’s use of millions of dollars of corporate money to provide free televised campaign appearances to the Democratic and Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates violates [the Federal Election Campaign Act] – by making illegal corporate contributions to political candidates; by making illegal corporate campaign expenditures; by accepting illegal corporate campaign contributions; and by failing to disclose its contributions and expenditures.”
Level the Playing Field (LPF) is a nonprofit entity describing its purpose as the promotion of reforms allowing “for greater competition and choice in elections for federal office, particularly for the presidency and vice presidency.” Joining LPF in the lawsuit are the Green Party of the United States, the Libertarian National Committee, Inc., and Dr. Peter Ackerman.
Photo of a 2008 presidential debate stage by Ericci8996 on Wikimedia Commons.
October 4, 2012 •
Here are a few articles for today’s government relations news summary:
“Campaign Fundraisers in D.C. Continue Despite Recess” by Kate Ackley in Roll Call.
New York: “Campaign finance reform uncertain” by Jimmy Vielkind in the Albany Times Union.
“US Rep. Frank: No paid lobbying after Congress” by The Associated Press in the Boston Globe.
“SC lawmakers vow ethics reform” by Andrew Shain in The State.
Campaigns and Elections
“5 takeaways from the Denver debate” by Maggie Haberman in Politico.
October 2, 2012 •
We cast our minds back
With the presidential and vice presidential debates coming, the news outlets are pulling up all kinds of footage of key moments from debates of the past. You can see bits of the Kennedy/Nixon debate, rediscover the best verbal zaps from Ronald Reagan, and choose your own favorite gaffes that candidates have made. Don’t miss Sen. Lloyd Bentsen telling Sen. Dan Quayle, “You’re no Jack Kennedy.” Have fun with these…
“Will You Smile or Cringe? It Depends.” by Leslye Davis, Jon Huang and Alexis Mainland in The New York Times.
“Presidential Debate Moments” video montage by David Frank in The New York Times.
“The Goofs and Gaffes in Presidential Debates” by Albert R. Hunt in The New York Times.
“The mistakes candidates make in debates” by Julian Zelizer in CNN Opinion.
“Top 8 Debate Zingers” by Sophie Quinton in National Journal.
“Debate ‘zingers’ over the years” by Bill Lambrecht in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Ten most memorable moments from presidential debates” in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Politics Blog.
October 1, 2012 •
Live coverage, commentary, and analysis
YouTube is making it very easy for anyone to follow the presidential debates in the coming weeks. For the first time, YouTube will offer the streaming video on their Elections Hub. Their blog lists other YouTube channels where viewers can find commentary and analysis. Here is the news release from the Official YouTube Blog post “The 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, live on YouTube” by Olivia Ma.
For more news coverage, be sure to read:
“YouTube to live stream Presidential debates for the first time this month” in The Next Web.
“YouTube to livestream United States presidential, vice-presidential debates (Video)” by Andrew Moran in the Examiner.
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